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March 15, 2006

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March 15, 2006

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Nevada Politics
The Strange Decision Of George Chanos
News on Chanos sends GOP scrambling: Party leaders question governor's appointment (Las Vegas Sun article)
Jon Ralston offers some reasons why Chanos may be exiting attorney general's race (Las Vegas Sun column)
No headlines, no compromises: Chanos cites distaste for publicity and politics in deciding against run for attorney general (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Politics isn't for everyone (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Chanos Hangs Up His Spurs (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: Democrats find two candidates -- Developer, tourism expert decide to run (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Democratic Disgust
The Cowardly Washington Democratic Leadership (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Washington Democratic Leadership Should Stand Up, Speak Up, for What is Right (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commissioners Corruption Trial
CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS: Ex-officials back in spotlight -- Jury selection under way for former commissioners' trial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
RECORDER UNDER INVESTIGATION: Deane's return criticized -- Manager worried about office integrity (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Allegations Against State Legislator Scott Sibley

Assemblyman Scott Sibley (R- Clark No. 22)

"The usual political dust-ups just won't do. Blurting out ill-advised one-liners and cribbing speeches get a pass this week. You have to do something extraordinary to distinguish yourself. Like getting caught dissembling under oath in a civil trial, for instance, and having a jury rule that you abused the legal process and conspired to illegally oust a man from his home. That would do it."

JOHN L. SMITH: Overcoming tough competition, assemblyman joins hall of shame (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Open Government
What Do You Mean It's Secret?
Journalists battle to shed a little sunshine on records (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State Judiciary
Shut Up, You

"'We've had it happen about four or five times in the last six months,' she said. Hardcastle said District Judges Stewart Bell and Jackie Glass have had to use duct tape for defendants who simply wouldn't keep quiet despite repeated orders."

Judge resorts to variation of gag rule: Defendant's mouth taped shut after several warnings to be quiet (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
From The Office Of The Governor
Guinn among governors seeing troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan (Nevada AP article)
Nevada governor not interested in replacing Norton (Nevada AP article)
Nevada Development Authority
Raiding Operations
NDA launches new assault on the Golden State (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Nevada Highways
Naturally Barren
Landscaping plan targets freeway's barren slopes: Officials want native and natural look (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
Clark County
Economic Opportunity Board
Good money after bad: Local governments should not bail out untrustworthy anti-poverty agency (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Where's The Money?
Mountain heat rising: Investors still waiting for a return on rental cabins (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County
Eminent Domain

"We are legally allowed to pledge consolidated taxes for long-term debt."

County moves ahead with $35.2 million bond plan: Sale of bonds would be used to purchase Ballardini Ranch (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Diverting Dedicated Tax Dollars: It Seems To Happen A Lot Up Here

"It should be illegal for governments to redirect revenue that has been allocated by voters for other, specific purposes."

Highway robbery (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Incline Village
Snow may delay pipeline project (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Slow but steady, community input trickles in (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Going Up
Nevada schools to cost more (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
Teachers use latest techniques to promote literacy (Lahontan Valley Times* article)
Clark County School District
New charter school nearing final approval: Imagine Schools awaits district OK to begin construction on 100 Academy of Excellence (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Washoe County School District
New grading may dispel nightmare (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Health Matters
Lawsuits against doctors decrease: Law hasn't led to malpractice cuts (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Irrigation benefits more than just crops (Lahontan Valley Times* editorial)

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Federal Nevada
The National Budget
Republican Leadership Just Won't Stop Deficit Spending (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act (SNPLMA)
Round 7 focuses on fuels reduction (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Endangered Species Act Reform
Endangered Species Act: Time to reform old law (Lahontan Valley Times* editorial)

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Nevada's $kindustry
Attorneys Acquire Strip Club For Legal Fees
Palomino strip club sold to pay off legal fees: Owner named co-conspirator in murder case in which son is one of four defendants (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Proposed Leeteville Brothel
Permit for brothel appealed (Lahontan Valley Times* article)

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Nevada's Past
The month that made Las Vegas famous (Michael Green column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Update for March 15, 2006

[To 6:30 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Gibson proposes Retiree Corps to help schools (Nevada Appeal* article)
Hunt in the governor's office (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
Another Democrat running for Nevada lieutenant governor (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Government
Open Government
Nevada 'sunshine' laws benefit from lawmakers' mistakes (Nevada AP article)
State has good openness record; battles continue (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
State Government
State Judiciary
Shut Up, You
ACLU calls taping mouth of Nevada defendant 'crude and dangerous' (Nevada AP article)
Nevada's Ineffectual Ethics Laws
Court Decision Overturning Ethics Commission Decision Against Las Vegas Mayor
Erasing Oscar's black mark -- for now (Vegas Pundit website)
The Overturned Decision (From State Ethics Commission Website)

Executive Director's Report And Recommendation

Panel Determination

Opinion No. 04-05

Ethics Problems Appear Pervasive In State And Local Government
Ethical Politician? Hard To Find One As Headlines Around The State Prove: Senators, Commissioners, Assessors All Being Charged With Ethics Violations (Nevada Observer article)
The Meth Menace
Legislative committee looks at meth battle (Nevada Appeal* article)
Methamphetamine Scourge Becomes Epidemic, Nationally And In Nevada: Action At Federal Level Demanded By Nevada AG and Others (Nevada Observer article)
Nevada History And Tourism
$200,000 in state grants awarded (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
University Counsel's Memo On Proposed Gangster Rap Ban
Oh, we have to consider free speech? (Vegas Pundit website)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Project Head Details Nuclear Dump Progress (Guardian [U.K.] article)
From The US Congress
Ensign Offers Amendment To Divert Foreign Aid To US Borders (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Ensign: Health Insurance Relief Step Closer (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
From The US Census Bureau
Current Population Reports, Population Characteristics, Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 (PDF file)

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Nevada's Heritage
Saint Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Breastplate (Lahontan Valley Times* column)
Rescuing the Irish language (Nevada Appeal* article)
Effort underway in Nevada to preserve the Irish language (Nevada AP article)
March 17: Where Will You Be -- What Will You Be Doing? Everyone Is Irish On St. Patty's Day And Nevada Does Know How To Party (Nevada Observer article)
St. Patrick's Day A Good Time To Remember The Irish In Nevada (Ron James column, Nevada Observer)

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March 16, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Attorney General's Race
Attacks on Chanos were building: Past ties to convicted telemarketers found (Las Vegas Sun article)
Don't count on Whipple to get into the AGs race (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Controller vows to continue fighting: Augustine up against Republican Party chairman's proposal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"'I don't think this is the place or venue to discuss that,' Augustine said multiple times to repeated questions from the group on her ethics conviction."

GOP continues rift over Augustine candidacy (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Paul Adams/Kathy Augustine Conference Call (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
2006 Local Races

Clark County Sheriff's Race

Sheriff candidate fighting suspension: Lieutenant drank, drove police car (Las Vegas Sun article)
Early Redistricting Planned For Clark County
County redistricting weighed ahead of new census data (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"For the first time in recent memory, the county has eschewed political consultants and back-room talks to redraw its commission district boundaries and involved the public."

ERIN NEFF: Drawing the lines (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial

"Prosecutors said Herrera not only accepted cash bribes from strip club owner Michael Galardi but welcomed oral sex for votes favorable to Galardi's businesses."

CORRUPTION TRIAL: Defense fights sex tales -- Favors for commissioner's votes alleged (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Jury picked for trial of two ex-Clark County lawmakers (Nevada AP article)
Allegations Against State Assemblyman Scott Sibley
Jury decides against lawmaker: Sibley ordered to pay $100,000 in civil case for abuse of process, conspiracy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane

"We've stated here before that Ms. Deane could retain a sliver of dignity by resigning. The current investigation notwithstanding, she simply isn't fit for public office, even one as anonymous as recorder."

Troubled recorder returns to work: Deane can't fulfill duties of office without the public's trust (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Nye County Corruption Allegations
Brothels, bribes and broken hearts: Remainder of transcripts published verbatim, Part II (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Clark County
Residents Distrust Renewal

"The meeting showed a lingering uneasiness many residents in older parts of the city have about their local government."

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT: City tries to reassure residents -- Several fear possibility of eminent domain (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Mysterious Problems Involving Police Evidence Tapes
Tales of missing 911 tapes mount: Several say obtaining recordings difficult in Henderson cases (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Not So Fast
Court should get a slowing ticket: Traffic citations create big backlog (Las Vegas Sun article)
Elko County
Held Off For Now
Airport traffic control on hold (Elko Free Press article)
Nye County
Coming Out Of The Twilight Zone

"The work will be the final step in actually zoning the valley according to its master plan and zoning ordinance."

'Hard' zoning on the way to valley (Pahrump Valley Times article)
House party: A close look at the myriad subdivisions in the valley (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Medical Mystery
Playing the blame game: Hospital's grand opening remains a dark mystery (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Washoe County
Of Course, It Doesn't Effect Their Vote

"Builders, developers, their planning consultants, trade unions and the real estate industry donated more than $580,000 to the political campaigns of the 10 members of the Regional Planning Governing Board for their current office or upcoming campaigns, according to an analysis of their expense reports."

Officials say gifts not issue in appeal: Some concerned campaign contributions from growth industries will affect action (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Allegations Against Truckee Meadows Community College Present Philip Ringle

"A complaint filed in federal court in Reno alleges Anne-Louise Bennett had to retire in 2004 after being subjected to "retaliatory hostility" from TMCC President Philip Ringle after she refused an invitation to have dinner with him and join him in his hot tub while his wife was out of town."

TMCC president hit with sexual harassment lawsuit: Former director of fundraising at college makes allegations (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Public Schools
How Safe Are Our Schools?
Shooting shock: School is still one of the safest places a kid can be, but the Pine Middle School shooting has parents and students shaking (Reno News & Review article)
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Nevada Water Matters
The Truckee River

"'It still feels like the status quo,' said Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert, R-Reno. 'Are we really fixing anything?'"

Truckee Meadows water officials agree to work together (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Good progress on 'living river' plan (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Utilities
Driven By Sunbeams
Solar power projects approved in Nevada (Nevada AP article)
The Cooperative Monopoly Of Nye County
VEA settles with Enron (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Co-op over-billed unnamed consumers (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Agency takes look at second waste site: DOE official: Spent nuclear fuel piling up (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
All For Our Country

"Nevada gets back only 73 cents in federal spending in the state for every dollar that its citizens pay in federal income taxes, a Tax Foundation study released today shows. The return ties the state for fifth lowest in the nation, trailing only much higher-income states such as New Jersey, Connecticut and Minnesota. The rankings are for the 2004 tax year."

TIED FOR 45TH IN NATION: State's return on tax dollars poor -- Nevada continues role as 'donor' state in regard to federal coffers (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Federal Lands
Beatty looks to sell BLM property (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Update To March 16, 2006
[6:05 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Gibson goes silent before Board of Regents (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 US Senate Race
See Oscar dither (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Congressional Candidate Dawn Gibbons Announces Major Endorsements (Gibbons Campaign Press Release)
2006 Attorney General's Race
Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?
Amodei to announce Monday (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
The Strange Decision Of George Chanos

"Just how angry was Gov. Kenny Guinn on March 10, when appointed Attorney General George Chanos called to say he wasn't going to run for the job in November after all?"

Farewell to King George (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)

"What has not been made public before is that Chanos solicited a $10,000 campaign donation from Walters and his companies just a week before announcing the investigation. Weird or what? The donation was sought even after several nasty news stories about the Walters land deal had surfaced, and according to sources close to Walters, Chanos kept the 10 grand for a couple of weeks after the investigation began. What's more, Chanos also accepted and cashed a $3,000 check from the San Francisco law firm hired to handle the Walters' probe on behalf of the AG. (The money was later returned.)"

AG bails before he gets bad news (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
The fact is, Augustine's guilty (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

Stipulation Of Kathy Augustine Before The Nevada Commission On Ethics (Nevada Ethics Commission website)

Proceedings Of Augustine's Trial Before The Nevada State Senate Nov. 29, 2004; Dec. 1, 2004; Dec. 2, 2004; Dec. 3, 2004; Dec. 4, 2004 (Nevada Legislature website)

Votes on Impeachment Charges (Nevada Legislature website)

2006 Nevada Voting
HAVA Debacle
Nevada election official promises new voter registration system (Nevada AP article)
State Democratic Party
State Democrats outline health care agenda for Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Prosecutor: FBI wiretaps prove Las Vegas officials took bribes (Nevada AP article)

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From The Nevada Supreme Court
Latest Decisions
Justice Courts Have Jurisdiction To Dismiss For Violations Of Interstate Detainer Act And Double Jeopardy

Koller v. State

Police Review Board Subpoenas Valid If Inquiry Is Within Their Jurisdiction

Las Vegas Police Prot. Ass’n v. Dist. Ct.

Related Story
Divided court rules on authority of Vegas police review board (Nevada AP article)
Uncharged Prior Acts Admissible To Show Motive For Sexual Assaults

Ledbetter v. State

Culpability For Two Crimes Arising Out Of A Single Course Of Conduct Requires Independent Significance, Danger

Mendoza v. State

Palmer Holding On Intelligent And Knowing Entry Of Plea Not Retroactive

Avery v. State

Clark County Prostitution Loitering Law Unconstitutionally Vague, Overbroad
Related Story
Justices overturn Southern Nevada anti-prostitution ordinance (Nevada AP article)

Silvar v. Dist. Ct.

Court's Jurisdiction In Habeas Proceedings Restricted To Claims Raised In Petition Or Supplement

Barnhart v. State

Relatives Of Foster Children Have Right To Notice And Participation Before Placement

Matter of Guardianship of N.S.

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Carson City School District
Bullying program critical to preventing violence: Carson Middle School principal considers change in safety drill (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County School District
March madness (Chip Moser column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
DOE not ruling out any nuclear storage options (Nevada AP article)
The National Debt
Remarks Of Sen. Reid On The Debt Limit (Sen. Reid Press Release)
$33,000 For Each Man, Woman And Child
Nevada's share of the national debt (Desert Beacon Blog)
Immigration Reform
Reid Statement On Immigration Reform (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Racketeering Laws And Lobby Reform
What goes around eventually comes around (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)
Preserving Our Republic
Reality check (Reno News & Review editorial)
The American Secret Undercover Political Strike Force (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
From The US Census Bureau

County Population Estimates: July 1 2005

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March 17, 2006 - St. Patrick's Day

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Nevada Politics
2006 US Senate Race

"Mayor Oscar Goodman acknowledged Thursday that political donors have told him they are holding back contributing to U.S. Senate campaigns as he considers his own run for the office."

Goodman: Donors await word on bid: Mayor criticized by some Democrats for not disclosing intentions in Senate race (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 Governor's Race
Candidates for governor talk to regents (Nevada Appeal* article)
2006 Attorney General's Race
Attorney general race: Timing limits GOP takers -- Two contenders hesitant because of short lead time (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race

"In my opinion, conservatives in Nevada are fed up with short sighted answers and a lack of genuine honesty in today’s government. Mistakes are made, but when they are we expect to hear it exactly as it happens and directly from the mouth of those involved. Instead we are subjected to twisted quotes and distorted stories portrayed by those with a special interest of making money or furthering a political agenda."

Desperate Times Call For Desperate Decisions (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
2006 Local Elections
CCHS teacher announces bid for justice of the peace (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial

"The scene was sordid and sleazy."

Jon Ralston recounts the dryly stated but downright raunchy details of the government's case against two former Clark County commissioners (Las Vegas Sun column)

"Strip club owner Michael Galardi delivered monthly cash payments to then-Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera totaling $200,000 over three years, federal prosecutors told jurors Thursday."

Prosecutors follow the money: Galardi paid commissioners, jurors told (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
LVR-J Corruption Case Coverage Archive (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Allegations Against Assemblyman Scott Sibley

"Locals know too well that back-room deals and partisan juice have smeared Clark County's political landscape from top to bottom. That's why it was refreshing to see so much previously secretive behavior recently revealed in an open courtroom."

More sorry behavior from elected officials: Only this time, a citizen's rights were stomped (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Sibley jumps on the corruption bandwagon (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)

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Nevada Government
Open Government: Of, By And For The People
Vigilance needed to keep government open (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Planning For The Future
Master plan process to end soon (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
Southern Nevada $kindustry News Roundup
 Anyone for Showgirls Meets Casino? (Richard Abowitz column, LA Times)
Local Court Problems

"Las Vegas Justice Court officials say that thousands of traffic tickets issued in unincorporated Clark County are often processed so slowly that the citations do not even exist in court records when motorists try to pay them."

Citing a traffic ticket snafu: Overwhelming backlog will take more than private company to permanently resolve (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Knives find their way through court security: Incidents raise safety concerns at Regional Justice Center (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County
"Developing" Problem: Fiat Growth At Public Expense

"'The public feels left out,' said Susan Lynn, a conservationist. 'The public feels it needs to understand the impacts this will have on them and they don't. This has been a top-down process.'"

Board orders Regional Planning Commission to make decision about 100-year growth plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
"Place Based" Planning
County selects planning group (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Higher Academic Standards
Regents hear foes of tougher standards: Low-income families would be hit hardest, ACLU leader says (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Regents told GPA increase won't happen until 2008 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public Schools
Carson City School District
Can We Talk? AG Says Yes (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Washoe County School District
Better schedules needed (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Water Matters

"'No matter what we do, we live in a desert,' Johnson said, 'and that has to be first and foremost when we talk about conservation.'"

Water conservation efforts: Authority takes aim at turf -- Goal: Get residents to conserve all the time (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada

Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Billions wasted on Yucca: Nothing to show for huge expense but missed deadlines, lawsuits and a scientific dead-end (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
New Nominee For Secretary of the Interior
Nevadans to watch nominee's stances: Concerns include land sales, water (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Federal Lands
Forest Service clarifies easement: Federal officials explain easement issues with county commissioners (Elko Free Press article)
Coaching Trial Witnesses In A Criminal Case
Administration thinks it's above the law (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

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March 18, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
The Beers Bus hits the road (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Attorney General's Race
Timing off for Nevada attorney general candidates (Nevada AP article)
2006 State Legislators' Races
The Trouble with Francis Allen (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
2006 State Republican Party
Grand Old Party kicks off election (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Clark County GOP convention (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Undisclosed Gifts, Favors A Way Of Life In Southern Nevada

"But if the $30,000 in a velvet bag pulled out of the trunk of a car and handed to Herrera was just a loan and not a bribe, why didn't he declare it? After all, according to Bernstein, it was 'a small loan from a friend.'"

JANE ANN MORRISON: Early guess on trial outcome: Sexual allegations will bring Herrera down (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
Reilly's hands tied (Jon Ralston column, In Business Las Vegas)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Clark County
Speculators And Higher Housing Prices
Real Estate and Development: Bill of rights not enough to protect tenants (In Business Las Vegas article)
Workforce housing solutions targeted (In Business Las Vegas article)
Government And Its Employees
A need to change our priorities: Impasse between county government and police union revealed a larger issue (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Nye County
County Commission Considering Many Weighty Matters
Serious business on Tuesday (Pahrump Valley Times article)
County Financial Crisis Centers On Manager, Comptroller
Maher, Owens could get pink slips Tuesday (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Transportation Problems
The (traffic) light at the end of the tunnel (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Wanted: A Few Good Leaders
Step up to the leadership challenge (Lucy A. Ivins column, Pahrump Valley Times)
A Town Transformed

"Pahrump has become nothing more than a miniature version of Las Vegas - an ugly place where nobody has time for manners, where "neighbors" make you feel like a fool by refusing to return your wave and where it's every person for him or her self."

Rural living is a lifestyle, not geography (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)
White Pine County
The Financial Emergency
City rejects higher fees to bail out county deficit (Ely Times article)
Open Government
Sunshine dims in White Pine County (Ely Times editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Costs Of Mediocre Education Increase, . . .
Regents approve class fee increases: Board rejects students' request to delay action (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Regents OK tuition, fee increases (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Prestigious Projects Pass, . . .
Health sciences center: Regents endorse medical mission -- Funding to be needed from state, private sources (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Regents support vision for improving medical school (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Bringing global views to Vegas: Black Mountain Institute at UNLV promises to combine best of arts and literature (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Gangster Rap Prohibition Plan Dropped, . . .
FIRST AMENDMENT CONCERNS: 'Gangsta rap' proposal scrapped -- Regent acknowledges problems with plan to ban such concerts (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Bloated Salary Increases For The Favored Few Continue.
Another giveaway: Regents too generous with UNLV's athletic director (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Water Matters
The Results Of Smaller, Earlier Suction Schemes

"The land owned by the Clark County Department of Aviation is crisscrossed by a wide variety of fissures, all of them the result of groundwater pumping in the area over the past 60 years that has lowered the water table and caused fine-grain sediments in the soil to dry out and contract."

Fissure preserve offers geologists unique glimpse: Groundwater pumping hurried nature (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Either Too Little Or Too Much
Elko County added to flood damage disaster list (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Utilities
Clark County Anticipates Problems
FUEL CRUNCH: With fuel pipeline near capacity, county panel looks to alternatives -- Trucking, rail seen as options (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
White Pine County
County, city at odds over enforcing utility rules (Ely Times article)
Ely Energy Center
Sierra Pacific Resources explains power plant plan to commissioners (Ely Times article)
Mount Wheeler Power -- All Nominees Ran Unopposed
It was a quick co-op election (Ely Times article)

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Nevada's $kindustry
Builders Of Western Civilization: Liberty And The Profit Motive, . . .
ACLU joins fight against limits on brothel ads (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Related Story
Brothel Advertising (Nevada Observer article)
Sex And Violence.
Ex-brothel owner pleads no contest to beating (Ely Times article)

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Federal Nevada
Prospects For Partisan Changes In Congress
Democratic prospects in Senate looking up (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Ethics Reform
Ethics reform looking tepid: House leaders announce preliminary proposals, which nowhere near go far enough (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Injured Nevada Test Site Workers May Get Relief
Reid Works To Win Compensation For Nevada Test Site Workers (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Bill would clear way to funds for Nevada Test Site workers (Nevada AP article)
The National Budget
Reid: American Families Deserve A Better Budget (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Ensign Urges Fiscal Discipline, Votes Against Budget, Debt Ceiling (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Advice And Consent: Nomination Of New Secretary Of Interior
Reid Statement On The Nomination Of Gov. Kempthorne (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Ancestral Lands
Senator Reid and Representative Gibbons Not Shoshone Indian's Friends (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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From The Neon Empire
What It Takes To Turn A Profit
Station Casinos counting on flocks at the 'Rock' (In Business Las Vegas article)
Gambling Addiction
A Texas-sized lawsuit: Parkinson's drug said to cause big gambling losses (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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March 19, 2008
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Corruption?  In Nevada?
Public Must Hold Corrupt Officials Accountable -- At The Polls, By Enacting Strict Laws, And Enforcing Them With Grand Jury Investigations
Throw The Bums Out

"Corruption, literal or otherwise, is not a partisan problem in this state or most others. It's a human nature problem and a systemic problem - people are inherently weak and the system is inherently corrupting."

Jon Ralston looks beyond the current court case to the long- standing culture of corruption (Las Vegas Sun column)

"Nevada's politics would embarrass any self-respecting banana republic, and the news this past week only confirms what we all know: the many fine people in Nevada politics hide a wide and shameless category who use elected office to feather their own nests."

Hal Rothman laments the apathetic attitude that Nevadans maintain for government and the low expectations that they have for their elected officials (Las Vegas Sun column)
Clark County Commission Corruption Trials

"Galardi doesn't have to be perfect, just believable. He has to be able to describe the sewer in which he became a multimillionaire and so easily corrupted public officials. He has to reasonably explain that a day came when those public officials began demanding too much cash and threatening him with political consequences if he didn't come through."

JOHN L. SMITH: If Galardi's testimony smells authentic, defendants are in big trouble (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Stand by for sordid tale of corruption (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)
Judge offers glimpse of potential witnesses: Reid, Goodman on list in corruption case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Kincaid-Chauncey has fallen far since indictment (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Covering Law Enforcement Investigations
Law And Practice
THOMAS MITCHELL: Investigations, valid or bogus, are newsworthy (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
What If Fran Deane Didn’t Do It? (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal

"Not going to talk about Bill Walters. Wouldn't be prudent."

Brian Greenspun on where newspaper readers should seek the truth (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

"Unlike California, Washington and other states, Nevada law provides an easy way for campaign contributors to hide behind a wall of anonymity. Just about anyone can funnel money into Nevada campaigns, with the public left in the dark."

Campaign donors little-noted in Nevada: Laws governing contributions provide a shield of anonymity (Las Vegas Sun article)
2006 Nevada Voting
HAVA Debacle

"Heller's announcement on Thursday appeared to be an effort to deflect part of the blame for the bungled Covansys system onto county elections officials, whom, he said, agreed with the choice of hiring Covansys. His message would have been much stronger had he announced he was going to take charge and hold the company's feet to the fire or, better yet, cut ties with them and start over."

Hold registration-machine firm accountable (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
[Secretary of State's Thursday Press Release on HAVA still not posted on Secretary of State website]
2006 Governor's Race

"In a well-received speech, Beers highlighted his Tax and Spending Control, or TASC, constitutional amendment initiative as a way to reign in government. The state senator appeared to have the most delegates sporting stickers out of the gubernatorial candidates."

GOP CONVENTION: Faithful spread optimism -- Despite party setbacks, attendees keep outlook upbeat at county gathering (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 Attorney General's Race
Amodei will decide on run for AG by Monday: Two other Republicans also consider bid for ticket's GOP slot (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada Republican Party
State Republicans keep president at arm's length (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Jack and the Beanstalk Republicans (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Rampant Child Prostitution
Juvenile prostitution: Trafficking in children on increase -- Las Vegas among 14 U.S. cities where problem is most severe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Brothel Touting
ACLU backs brothels in advertising lawsuit (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Con Men Target Illegal Immigrants
Illegal immigrants getting scammed: 'International license' not what it seems (Las Vegas Sun article)
State Department Of Corrections

"It is hard to understand officials' hostility to the report and its recommendations for more objective guidelines for making parole decisions and a risk-based study that could help the director and his staff to assess the system for themselves. They will never know how successful the system can be if they refuse to consider possible remedies."

Rethink parole document (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Domestic Violence
It is an all too common crime (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)
State Judiciary
Nevada Supreme Court
Two sound rulings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Third Judicial District
Judge applicants to be interviewed on March 28 (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Local Government
Clark County
A Developing Price
Tom Gorman looks at the new Southwest, where desert solitude and beauty give way to development (Las Vegas Sun column)
Mean streets: Driving in valley can be a deadly proposition (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Regents Want Money
Regents could request up to $150 million (Las Vegas Sun article)
Regents vote to raise tuition and fees: University per-credit fees to increase from $105.25 to $129.50 (Nevada Appeal* article)
Regents back ambitious health sciences plan (Nevada Appeal* article)
Won't Ban Gangster Rap Concerts
UNR Regents back off plan to bar gangster rap concerts on campus (Nevada Appeal* article)
Regents must preserve environment of free thinking (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Will Evaluate Chancellor
Evaluation of Rogers scheduled (Las Vegas Sun article)
Public Education
Washoe County School District
38% of Washoe freshmen get F's: Alarmed officials say ninth-graders don't understand 'high stakes' (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Truckee-Carson Irrigation District
TCID plans releases from reservoir starting Monday (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada's Environment
The world and Devils Hole (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Nevada Troops Return From The Nation's Battlefields Overseas
Family celebrates homecoming of soldier father: After more than a year in Afghanistan, Carson City man comes home to wife and two children (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada guard returns home: Back from Afghanistan, unit remembers 2 fallen (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Preemptive War Policy Creating Deep Divisions
Bringing a nation back to reality, kicking and screaming (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)
Nevada Legislative Candidate Debates Iraq War With Protesters
Pacifist Demonstration is Against Victory (Richard Disney column, Battle Born News)
How Veterans Will Be Treated
VA telehealth office will open for Elko (Elko Free Press article)
Radioactive Opportunities In Skull Valley
Nuke firms seek support for Utah site (Las Vegas Sun article)
The National Budget
WASHINGTON DIGEST: Senate approves another increase in federal debt limit -- Ensign among just three Republicans to vote against measure (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
New Nominee For US Secretary Of The Interior
Chalk one up for industry: Interior secretary nominee is Idaho governor whose track record shows he likely will offer more of the same in terms of the Bush administration's environmental policy (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Erin Neff Faves
ERIN NEFF: Some of the best talent is right here (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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From The Neon Empire
Jeff Simpson on Pinnacle's smooth moves, including purchase of Trop parent (Las Vegas Sun column)
Room-tax collections dip, but will pick up (Elko Free Press article)
Grand Sierra Resort: Dream or reality? A company advertises a development vision (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past
Chinese Museum
In the beginning, there were the minds behind the museum: Museum belongs here because the Chinese helped establish Nevada, directors say (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local woman working to bring Chinese museum to Carson City (Nevada Appeal* article)
Lake Tahoe
History of Tahoe piers runs deep (Nevada Appeal* article)
Around The State
New motor repair shop; a unique railway (Nevada Appeal* article)
The Venerable Appeal
Nevada Appeal came of age 45 years ago (Nevada Appeal* article)

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March 20, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

"Whatever happens, the controversy is a good example of the damage that the current system of campaign financing does to our political fabric, from Washington, D.C., to cities and towns throughout the country. It has made the public cynical about the process and their role in it, and it has caused them to question every decision. Until we change the system, good government will continue to suffer."

Donations hurt process (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
Ex-council member to pursue state office (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Ethics Case Documents On State Legislator Sandra Tiffany Now Available
Executive Director Report and Recommendations (State Ethics Commission website)
Panel Determination (State Ethics Commission website)
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
Killing Trees for Nothing (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
Nevada's Sex Slave $kindustry
Las Vegas is the end of the road in the sex slave trade (Steve Miller column, AmericanMafia.com)
Brothel Touting
Ban on brothel ads constitutionally flawed: Owner, publishers, file federal suit (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Local Government
Three Growing Counties
Small towns, big growth: 3 Nevada counties among nation's fastest-growing (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Churchill County
State Tax Commission: Refund Due
County must refund $225k in tax payments to geothermal corp. (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Latest Development
City to consider zoning change, final map for Meadowlands subdivision (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Clark County
New Government Subsidy For Favored Corporations

"Instead of being auctioned off by the Bureau of Land Management for private development, two pieces of land would be sold to the city at a cut-rate price. The city then would sell the land at-cost to a private nonprofit group from Phoenix, which would build apartments without any government subsidy other than the inexpensive land."

 AFFORDABLE HOUSING: City tests land act provision -- Developer's rent-controlled projects proceed via little-used clause in '98 law (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
Housing Shortage
Housing shortage in hot market (Elko Free Press article)
Commissioners OK Spring Creek report (Elko Free Press article)
Firefighters Get Ready For Spring
Lamoille, Pine Valley receive rebuilt engines (Elko Free Press article)
Peace Park
City funds Peace Park: City puts $10,000 towards project (Elko Free Press article)
Storey County
Rural character, cheaper housing drive Storey's boom (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Washoe County
A Wholesome Approach

"While the city looks at different revenue sources to provide funding for these services, it will never be an option to tap into funds legally set aside for other purposes via voter referendum or other legal parameters."

Street repairs: Staying the course (Charles McNeely column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Water Matters
Too Much Or Too Little
Truckee River Flood Management Project
UNR to sell parcel of land: 60 acres could be sold if agreement goes through (Nevada Appeal* article)
Elko Flood Relief
Elko County Eligible For Assistance With Flood Damage Repair And Cleanup (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Elko added to FEMA list for flooding (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
A chilling effect on discourse (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Schools bridging the language divide: Spanish, English to get equal attention in classrooms (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
A tale of two MDs: Medical malpractice rates remain high; state lacking specialists (Las Vegas Sun article)
Ob/Gyn 'driven from the valley' (Las Vegas Sun article)
Insurance doesn't deter surgeon (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
Never Give A Sucker An Even Break
LEGALIZED GAMBLING IN NEVADA TURNS 75: Still Gaming After All These Years -- Legalization of betting put Nevada on the map and started the Strip (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Legalized gambling in Nevada reaches 75th anniversary (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Internet Gambling

"According to reliable sources, gambling Web sites raked in between $12 and $15 billion last year, with about 60 percent of the total take coming from the U.S. although all of the Web sites are based overseas – many of them on small Caribbean islands, well out of reach of U.S. law enforcement – because Internet gaming is illegal under federal law."

Jack Abramoff and Internet gambling (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal*)

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Federal Nevada
Congressional Lobby Reform: Throw The Bums Out

"The system benefits those in office. Can we really expect them to cut off their own perks -- perks, such as valuable gifts, that would get most of us fired from our jobs? But the Abramoff scandal isn't over yet. When the next indictments come, their constituents are going to want to know what Congress is doing about it. Voters should remember it at election time this year if the answer is, 'Nothing.'"

So much for congressional reform (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
The National Budget
Straight talk about deficits: A top federal official says mounting deficits threaten U.S. with financial crisis (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
The Patriot Act
In agreement on Patriot Act: LV expected to adopt resolution opposing federal measure (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada Anti-War Protest Grow
Anti-war protesters march in Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
About 400 anti-war protesters march through downtown Reno (Nevada AP article)
Northern Nevada Protest Warriors (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
Private Pension Plans
Washington at work (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada Culture
The Prevaricative Arts
Tell a big fib, win a big prize (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

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Update for March 20, 2006

[6:15 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Attorney General's Race
Amodei out (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Nev. senator won't run for attorney general (Nevada AP article)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
Recalled official to run for Nevada lieutenant governor (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
Greenspun vs. Us: The Reckoning! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Tobacco Fund
Tobacco-settlement monies up in smoke? (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Local Government
Cable TV Monopoly Contracts
Nevada consumers need an end to cable-TV monopoly (Chuck Muth column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Clark County
Time may be right for Apex Industrial Park development: Trio of reasons breathe new life into dormant site (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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From The Neon Empire
Pinnacle buys Aztar to build Strip resort: Analysts are bullish on CEO's leadership (Las Vegas Business Press article)
'Back to Basics' might be next big Strip thing (David G. Schwartz column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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March 21, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

"Despite repeated calls for reform by Secretary of State Dean Heller, and despite receiving "F's" from national groups that grade Nevada's political disclosure practices, the Legislature has refused to close all the loopholes, as its members directly benefit from them."

Shed light on campaigns: Despite disclosure forms, contributors to Nevada's political campaigns can shield them (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
2006 Governor's Race
Beers On Road Trip
Beers takes his show on the road (Nevada Appeal* article)
Attempted Scandal: So-What Gibbons Story Makes Partisan Rounds

"To be fair, it should be noted that franked mail is a fairly common occurrence in Congress and those who partake in it are often accused of campaigning on the taxpayer's dime."

Subbotin comes through (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
A few Gibbons nuggets (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
You paid for it (Vegas Pundit website)
ERIN NEFF: Gibbons hides because he knows he'd lose debates (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
2006 Attorney General's Race
GOP loses another AG candidate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Amodei won't run for Attorney General (Nevada Appeal* article)

"That Chanos did not seem to possess persistence, or the ability to compromise, makes his effectiveness in politics questionable. If politics is becoming as partisan and personal as he claims, then the people we need to elect are those who can put aside the posturing and personal attacks and speak from the heart toward one goal - working for the interests of Nevadans."

GOP: AG candidate wanted, must be team player (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
2006 Congressional Races
Derby calls for repeal of new Medicare Taxes (Nevada Appeal* article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC)
'Pent-up demand' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Monicker Mania
What's in a name? Success Nicknames keep politicos on top (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Defense attorneys go after Malone in corruption trial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Doctor Discipline
Doctors censured by state board: License lost over lack of Iran papers (Las Vegas Sun article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Going Up
Variety of Parks and Rec use fees to rise: Last increase approved in 2004 (Nevada Appeal* article)
Tell Us More
Panel wants to know more about railway trail before committing (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
ACLU Acts To Enforce First Amendment In Las Vegas
Law used to thwart homeless helpers targeted (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Surly Treatment
NLV Police criticized over handling of complaints (Las Vegas Sun article)
Check That Sprawl
Laying the groundwork: Urban sprawl expert likes area's potential (Las Vegas Sun article)
When Governments Collide
Land auction plan may add to rift (Las Vegas Sun article)
Switching To Disaster Mode
Telecom company set to come to Vegas' rescue (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Paying The Police
Police contract loaded with many benefits: Perks aren't offered to most private-sector employees or other government workers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Town And Country Living
Neighbors cry foul: Stink raised over hotel's equestrian events (Las Vegas Sun article)
Storey County
1,100 Comstock residents without water: Highway 395 at Lakeview may need to be torn up to locate break (Nevada Appeal* article)
Crews work to find leak in Comstock water pipe (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Washoe County
Land Grab Resistance Movement Spreads

"We're fighting for an alternative to sprawl," said Bob Fulkerson, PLAN executive director. "We're fighting to protect what quality of life exists in our region. We're fighting for people who live here, who want water to drink and clean air to breathe."

Coalition forms to protest plans for growth in Reno, Sparks areas (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Paving The Way
Street widening heralds more growth in North Valleys (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Committee on Water Resources
State water panel meeting in Ely (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Mining
A Golden Future
Barrick now owns 100% of Placer Dome (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada's Environment
Plight Of The Pupfish
Not just another fish story: Population decline of a tiny, endangered Nevada fish should send a strong message (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Federal Nevada
Proposed Congressional Anti-Meth Legislation
'Silent victims' of meth championed: Doctors urge lawmakers to protect children (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
US Supreme Court To Hear Confrontation Clause Case

"The default setting must be that the Constitution means what it says: The government must produce actual accusers, whom defendants then have a right to confront and cross-examine."

The right to face one's accuser: High court hears Sixth Amendment case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Outsourcing US National Security Operations To Foreigners
Political tug of war doomed Dubai port deal (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
UNLV Student Anti-War Protest
CAMPUS RALLY: Students protest Iraq war -- Some also voice opposition to tuition increases (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The National Budget
Nye County's Porker of the Month (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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Nevada's Past
Herb Tobman
JOHN L. SMITH: Many of different stripes knew same thing: Tobman was special person (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
For Whom The Belle Tolls

"When those heavy doors closed, a little bit of Reno disappeared."

We've lost a bit of Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Update for March 21, 2006

[6:30 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Attorney General's Race
Republicans in a lurch: Masto dances in her socks while the GOP has no plans in the AG's race (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Augustine's Antics
Honorarium? Not allowed. Make it a campaign contribution instead (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Augustine’s legal travails continue center stage (Nancy Dallas column, Battle Born News)
2006 Legislative Races
Catching up on some Assembly races (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Made Some Unfortunate Choices In Those He Helped
Harry Reid and Operation G-Sting (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Official: Report Full Of Lies
Nevada parole chief disputes critical report (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Lyon County
Lots Of Money
Lyon opens talks on $30 million budget: Revenues up $4 million despite new law limiting property tax increases (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Blazing The Trails
Lyon gives go-ahead on grant for Carson River trail system (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
697-Lot Silver Springs Development
SS project will have to wait another month for PlanCom action (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Storey County
Water line break shuts off Virginia City, Comstock (Nevada AP story)

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Federal Nevada
Government Failed To Prove Value
Appeals court overturns conviction in Nevada petroglyphs theft (Nevada AP article)
The Case
United States v. Ligon (US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals website - pdf format)

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March 22, 2006

[10:00 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Gubernatorial candidates 'debate': Three Republicans, two Democrats at event deliver rundown of their positions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Governor candidates upstaged by Giuliani: Forum produces little substance (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada candidates for governor avoid debate, outline positions (Nevada AP article)
2006 US Senate Race
Jack Carter Profiled By The Washington Post
Sons Inherit Dads' Political Aspirations (Washington Post article; lead to link courtesy of Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Legislative Races

Assembly District 26

Ed Meese stumps for local candidate (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Judicial Appointments

Second Judicial District (Washoe)

Lawyer announces plans to run for district judge (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Nevada Internet Politics
New Group Formed; Akin To Old-Time Committees Of Correspondence

Silver State Alliance

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Play intercepted phone calls in full, defense attorneys say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
Jon Ralston on Fran Deane's defense and her claims of Thom Reilly's threats against her (Las Vegas Sun column)
D.A admonishes Deane (Vegas Pundit website)

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Nevada Government
State Government
State Judiciary

"District Court judges undoubtedly juggle very challenging calendars, but that is no excuse for making the types of errors detailed by the Supreme Court. These judges need to read more carefully the paperwork they submit."

Cleaning up court records: Nevada Supreme Court justices criticize lower-court judges for what they say is an increasing number of errors and discrepancies in written judgments (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Nevada Highway Patrol

Combination Of Circumstances Handicap Vital Agency

JOHN L. SMITH: For many reasons, including NHP's reputation, trooper should settle case fast (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Department Of Parole And Probation

Nevada's Low Parole Rate

Parole Board chief defends decisions: Legislative study committee takes testimony (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Department Of Corrections

A Price To Pay For A Dream Come True: Punching Out A Supervisor

Correctional officer's 2005 dismissal upheld (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Get Up, Stand Up

"If you care what Carson City, and all of Northern Nevada, will look like in the coming decades, this is no time to sit on your hands."

Now is time to weigh in on regional economy (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Churchill County
Too Many Bedrooms

"Do the math. The population is forecast to increase by 2,540 while the number of houses is increasing by nearly twice that amount."

Is Fallon on verge of a housing glut? (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Leeteville Junction Brothel Debate
Brothels bring out the boisterous banter (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Clark County
Redrawing Voting Districts
County seeks to stir public: Commissioners pick redistricting option, hope to generate more input (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Saving It From Itself
Saving Mount Charleston: Proposed project would spread visitors' impact (Las Vegas Sun article)
Douglas County
Circular Argument
NDOT schedules public hearing on roundabout (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Elko County
Elko County Economic Diversification Authority
ECEDA approves grant plans (Elko Free Press article)
Storey County
133-Year Old 19th Century Engineering Marvel Still Works
Storey gets stroke of good luck in water system leak: Water conservation notice in effect until noon today (Nevada Appeal* article)
Workers repair Comstock water line: Reserves from water tanks keep service up and running (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Related Story

Sam P. Davis, Water Supply of the Comstock (1912) (Nevada Observer history feature)

Washoe County
Government Subsidies For Favored Corporations

"Almost half the Legends Marina project, $223 million, would be built using public funds, including redevelopment dollars, sales taxes and rental car taxes to help build a minor-league baseball stadium."

Sparks officials approve tax assistance: Legends at Sparks Marina mall project could get $223 million in public funds (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Execrable Roads Of Washoe County
Keep up the good (street) work (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Going Up
UNR breaks ground on new library: Construction starts on facility, opening set for Fall 2008 (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Public Schools
Standardized Tests
Who is testing the testers? Grading errors on schools' standardized tests reveal need for a national oversight panel (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Team Teaching
Teamwork bites the dust: Nevada schools try to get away from team teaching (Las Vegas Sun article)
Carson City School District

"The Carson City School District is planning to ask voters this fall to approve $25 million in school improvements without an increase in taxes."

Some times it costs more to do what's best for students (Abby Johnson column, Nevada Appeal*)
Churchill County School District
Superintendent's contract renewal on Thursday school board agenda (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Lyon County School District
Lyon County substitute teacher accused in child porn: Man met investigator who was posing as a 14-year-old girl in chatroom (Nevada Appeal* article)
Washoe County School District
Failure isn't an option (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Superintendent compromises on middle, high school schedules (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Annual Wildfowl Migration Expected To Bring Disease To Nevada
Nevada experts: Bird flu on its way (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada's Environment
Love That Dirty Water

"Those tumbling creeks and glistening alpine lakes might look pristine, but appearances conceal a worsening pollution problem tainting Sierra waters, according to a report released today by an environmental group."

Report raises alarm for Sierra waterways: Environmental group urges 'wake-up call' to Nevada, California for better stewardship (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Federal Lands
Travel Restrictions Ahead (Elko Free Press article)
Council seeks BLM auction of 2,325 acres: Land borders new development (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past
Nevada State Railroad Museum
Chinese immigrants' contributions to V&T to be recognized (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Update for March 22, 2006
[7:40 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 US Senate Race
Ensign kicks off campaign (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Governor's Race
Candidates for governor outline positions (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

The TASC of raising money (Vegas Pundit website)
Candidate Attrition

"When some of the best people stay out, guess who comes in?"

The pool of good people keeps shrinking (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)
Get Up, Stand Up
Who's fired up? (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

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Nevada Government
State Government
The State And Business
Cringing as a strategy: Timid defenders of Nevada business need a new game plan (NPRI Position Paper)
From The Office Of The Governor
Nevada governor's Iraq war support grows after Middle East tour (Nevada AP article)
From The Office Of The Attorney General
Attorney General Chanos Thanks Federal, State And Local Agencies For Cooperation In International Internet-Based Child Pornography Investigation (AG Press Release)
Nevada Highway Patrol
Nevada may step up trooper training following fatal wreck (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Clark County
Stand And Deliver
LVCVA: The Larcenous Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority -- The Las Vegas Convention Center is an artifact of Mob-era predation and should be sold to the highest bidder (NPRI Position Paper)
Interview With Embattled Recorder Frances Deane
Recording the recorder (Vegas Pundit website)
Douglas County
Smart Growth Discussion
Zoning to accommodate mixed use considered (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Police Funding
Sheriff will seek sales tax for deputies (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Nye County
County Manager, Comptroller Shown The Door
Nye commission fires top officials (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Not Working Well

"Three master plan amendments came before the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission last week that provide illumination - mind sketches, if you will - of Pahrump's various planning approaches. They illustrate why the Pahrump community is fractured, behind the eight ball for public amenities, and growing farther behind when it comes to essential commercial development needed to afford critical infrastructure."

Master un-plan: Is there any place for business in Pahrump? (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Watch Out For Bumps
Valley Electric cites challenges ahead (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Storey County
Water main to Comstock repaired; water to flow this afternoon (Nevada AP article)
Washoe County
Gratuitous Tax Grab Postponed

"Council members were concerned they didn't know how the money would be spent and that the increase hadn't been justified to the general public."

Reno postpones utility tax decision (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Nevada Spending More But Not Getting More
State is tops in higher-ed $$$ increase (Reno Gazette-Journal article) 
Public Schools
School District Size: Does It Matter? (NPRI Study - pdf format)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
State Sues To See Document
Nevada Sues To Obtain Key Yucca Document (AG Press Release)
FOIA Complaint Filed In US District Court (AG website - pdf format)

Related Story

Nevada files new federal lawsuit in Yucca Mountain fight (Nevada AP article)
Nevada Test Site
No plans for full-scale nuclear testing, official says in Nevada (Nevada AP article)
From The US Congress
Anti-Meth Legislation
Rep. Jim Gibbons, White House Drug Czar Outline Methods To Reduce Meth Production, Trafficking And Use (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Immigration Reform
Reid Calls For More Border Security, Realistic Immigration Laws (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Reid Calls for Real Security, Immigration Reform (Sen. Reid Press Release)

Privacy Rights
Gibbons Blasts IRS Proposal to Allow Sale of Tax Returns to Private Data Brokers (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Fighting Words
Reid criticizes President Bush as 'dangerously incompetent' (Nevada AP article)

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Hispanic Nevada
Up 44.3 Percent Growth In Nevada
Hispanic Owned Firms 2002 (US Census Bureau website - pdf format)

"The Hispanic consumer market is exploding," U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Michael Barrera said, adding that segment spends $700 billion a year, a figure expected to climb to $1 trillion by the end of the decade. "Who knows that consumer market best?"

Hispanic-owned businesses increasing (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Environment
Pupfish In Peril
Endangered pupfish critical, on life support (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Dirty Water Report
State of Sierra Waters: A Sierra Nevada Watersheds Index (Sierra Nevada Alliance website - pdf format)

Sierra Nevada Alliance

Related Story
Report: Sierra rivers and streams more polluted than they look (Nevada AP article)
Cooperative Settlement
Mining company, Nevada ranch reduce grazing in deal with enviros (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past
Curse Of The Petroglyph
Man cleared of Nevada petroglyph theft says 'my life was trashed' (Nevada AP article)

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March 23, 2006

[11:20 AM -- Lots of news today]

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Nevada Politics
Disagreements Over Patronage Leads To Parting Of The Ways
JANE ANN MORRISON: Falling-out leaves Guinn steaming, Rogich scheming to pull more strings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
2006 US Senate Race
Ensign opens campaign for re-election (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
ERIN NEFF: Despite GOP travails, Ensign looks good (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Ensign vows to support troops in Iraq as he launches bid for a second term (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Legislative Races

Assembly District 26

Disney pursues ‘last free state’ (Sparks Tribune article)

Assembly District 27

Businessman will run against Leslie for Assembly (Nevada Appeal* article)
Newcomer looks to prevent assemblywoman's fifth term (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
The Wire Transcripts

"Kenny, another former commissioner who admitted taking money from Galardi, was upset in July of 2001 that Herrera wouldn't help Galardi overcome licensing issues for Jaguars, and said in various wiretaps: 'That prick. He is a son of a (expletive). I'm so pissed off at him right now, I'm going to (expletive) him in the worst way.'"

G-Sting Wiretaps May Spell Trouble For Kincaid-Chauncey (KLAS-TV report)
Anti-Terror Bill Used To Gather Evidence
FBI confirms Patriot Act's use in corruption probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nye County Corruption Case
Another $kindustry Indictment
Federal grand jury indicts brothel owner: Nye County man charged with wire fraud (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
The Governor And The War
GOVERNOR'S TAKE: Guinn backs U.S. presence after trip -- Talks about visit with Nevadans in war zones (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Guinn: Pentagon must rethink role of National Guard (Nevada Appeal* article)
Guinn's war support grows after tour: Governor visits U.S. soldiers in Middle East (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
NDOT Cares
Bicyclists, burros figure in road plans: Route to Red Rock to be given broader shoulders, cattle guards (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State Judiciary
Wrestling With A Wraith: A Phantom Defense
High court rejects killer's ghost appeal: Man claims dead woman's spirit made him kill (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Odious Practice Of Duct-Taping Defendants' Mouths

"It could be worse, like in Richmond, Va., where a member of the state senate has proposed castration as an option for treating sexual offenders and the death penalty for juveniles convicted of murder."

Duct tape as a tool in Nevada courts (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Recent Round Of Utility Rate Hikes Hitting State Offices Hard
Energy inflation forces additions to prison and NHP budgets: Utility increases in particular have hit all across state government (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local Government
Regional Planning Goes Beyond A Single County
Real regional planning (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Clark County
County Manager v. County Recorder: Feuding Officials Confront Each Other Face To Face
Deane, Reilly in television face-off (Las Vegas Sun article)
Needs Of Speculators Postponed
Board delays decision on mobile home park conversions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Henderson 911: Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Tape's travels remain puzzle: Henderson fails to explain mystery of 911 recording (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Armed Youths
Officials puzzled by increase in youths with weapons: Minors seen shooting guns in the air or taking them to school to impress friends (Las Vegas Sun article)
Douglas County
Casting Their Eyes Towards Their Romantic Past
Billowing Clouds, Cunning Bandits, And Conestoga Wagons Bumping Their Way West Along The California Trail
Carson Valley to evaluate its tourism focus (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Elko County
Airport Subsidy Off The Table For Now
ECVA pulls marketing funds (Elko Free Press article)
Flood Relief Progress
Flood Damage: County seeks FEMA assistance (Elko Free Press article)
State flood aid available for homeowners (Elko Free Press article)
Storey County
VC water system back to normal: Tanks refilling Wednesday afternoon (Nevada Appeal* article)
Washoe County
Tax-Gouging Utilities Surcharge Proposal Put Off By Wary City Council
Reno council delays action on fee increase (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Reno Fire Department Scorched In Audit

"A new audit paints a picture of a Reno Fire Department without leadership and vision that spends too much money on overtime, has little accountability controls for its employees, needs reorganization and responds to emergencies slower than national guidelines."

Reno Fire Department fares poorly in audit: Response times below national average, too much money spent on overtime and lackluster communication (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
What Has Nevada Gotten For The Money?
Educational Results Mediocre, But The Swollen Salaries Of Administrators Are Excellent
State leads in higher ed funding boosts (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Report

Press Release

Executive Summary

State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Website
Related Report
Accountability for Better Results: A National Imperative for Higher Education
Shelved Gangster Rap Ban Proposal
Cut the mics: A Nevada regent who believes rap music can kill wants rap groups banned from the state’s campuses (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Class Sizes
Here's to smaller classes: If next bond issue receives support, an end to impractical team teaching will be in sight (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Bottled Water in Class
Fast Times at Indian Springs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Put Him And His Pals In A Cage
JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM: Sexual assault charges filed -- Sierra Vista student accused in Feb. 3 hazing incident (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County School District
The Old Switcheroo
School configurations to change: Junior high will serve grades 5-6; elementaries switching to K-4 (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Health Matters
The Big Squeeze

"'This creates a vicious cycle, and physicians are in no position to work a deal. It is illegal for us to collectively bargain. It will take federal legislation to change that,'' said Manthei, who plans to no longer accept Blue Cross."

Insurance provider cuts payments, puts physicians in bind: Some reimbursements lower than Medicare's (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada Democrats' Health Insurance Proposal

"Make no mistake -- 'little government subsidies' are a lot like being 'a little bit pregnant.' They lead to bigger things."

'Save us money in the long run': Nevada Democrats unveil health insurance plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada's Environment
Who's Still Alive?
Endangered list input sought (Las Vegas Sun article)
Peaceably Settled
Ranchers agree to cut grazing (Elko Free Press article)
Western Watersheds Project Website

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Nevada chases Yucca Mountain documents, sues: Agency keeps drafts of application secret (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Quicksilver Storage Scheme

"It was over, and they had pulled it off. A federal agency had come to Nevada and held a public hearing that satisfied legal requirements without ever telling anyone in the state the purpose of the hearing--to take public comment on a plan to dump thousands of tons of lethal mercury in Nevada."

Public notice: In planning what to do with the nation’s stockpile of mercury, the feds kept Nevada in the dark every step of the way (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)
The Right To Privacy
Gibbons: Don't ease IRS rules on privacy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Fourth Amendment
Consent Of One Negated By Refusal Of Another: The Importance Of Getting A Search Warrant
Georgia v. Randolph (US Supreme Court website - pdf format)
Related Story
Gammick sees ruling on searches as 'step back' (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Immigration Reform
REFORM PROPOSALS: Reid addresses immigration -- Senator holds day of briefings ahead of debate in Congress (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Federal Lands

"U.S. Forest Service officials and Elko County Commissioners are stressing that wilderness areas are off limits to motorized activities."

Officials stress safe, legal snowmobiling (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada's Past
Curse Of The Petroglyph
No theft intended, man says: Petroglyphs needed protection from development, glass blower argues (Nevada AP article)
Essential pieces of state's history lost with stolen artifacts (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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Updates for March 23, 2006
[8:00 PM]

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance And Ethics Laws

What The People Must Do About It

[Thomas Nast anti-corruption cartoon; click on image to enlarge]

Throw The Bums Out

"Remember, for all the fancy legal terms, medical analogies, and judgments we may pass, in the end, it all comes down to one simple thing. Public office is a public trust, to be exercised for the benefit of the public. And anybody who violates that has earned but one title, which should follow them for life: Asshole."

Dirty deeds: Ten years of unethical behavior prompts the question: Will it ever stop? (No. Well, maybe) (Steve Sebelius article, Las Vegas CityLife)
2006 Governor's Race
State Sen. Titus' Proposal To Clean Up Corrupt Practices

Dina Titus Proposes 12-Step Plan to Restore Trust in Nevada Government (State Sen. Titus Press Release)

Titus on Ethics (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Where Are Your Constructive Ideas, Mayor Gibson? Did You Leave Them With Your Wallet?

"'Suddenly after 16 years of inactivity, Sen. Titus now, as a candidate for governor, has taken an interest in ethics with a list of proposals that are dictated by politics rather than good policy,' Gibson said, noting that the senator did not back one of the ethics reform packages introduced in the last legislative session.'"

Titus proposes ethics reform for Nevada officials (Nevada AP article)
New Ad
Beers launches web ad (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 US Senate Race
Ensign announces: Oooh rah! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Jimmy Carter blogs for Jack (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
Shut up, Janet! (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)
Nevada Democrats
An Adventure to the Nevada State Democratic Convention (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
You Stop That!
Group launches initiative to ban smoking in Nevada public places (Nevada AP article)
Gov. Guinn And Mr. Rogich
Kenny calls the kettle black (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Feds used Patriot Act to investigate Clark County commissioners (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Nevada's Exports
Nev. exports surge to an all-time high (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
Clark County
About That New Airport
Ivanpah: yet another juice job? (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Imposing Development Impact Fees

"Impact fees don't prevent developers from being economically viable, they make sure that people have basic services, and they prevent many of the bad side effects of sprawling growth. Sprawl gives us inefficient land use, loss of open space, loss of a sense of community, bad traffic, longer drives to work, and worsening air pollution. Without impact fees to cover the cost of services, we are in effect giving a huge tax subsidy to developers and inefficiently using our land."

Sudden impact (Jane Feldman column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Developing Prospects
Stoltz unveils $200 million valley investment (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

"An already belated review of the new Shorezone plan will be officially postponed for at least another month today as Tahoe Regional Planning Agency staff have requested additional time to clarify and codify the ordinances that will enforce the first lake development and use rules in more than two decades."

Stalling shorezone (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial)

"Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's governing board today will get a review of recent work done in the Pathway 2007 process as four local agencies work together to create a basin-wide plan for the next 20 years."

Pathway 2007 to be hot topic of TRPA meeting (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

"Tahoe Regional Planning Agency executive director John Singlaub this week expressed distaste for the fact that a 3.5-acre parcel of lakefront property in Crystal Bay will not be acquired using federal funding."

Building plans for Denio property (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
How the TRPA serves the community (John Singlaub column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)
Lyon County
Speaking Of Developments
Lyon is second fastest growing county in country: Census figures also place Lyon’s July, 2005, population of 47,515 at 4th largest in state (Mason Valley News article)
Growing Yerington
Planned industrial subdivision already has interested party: First tenant could be milk bottling plant (Mason Valley News article)
New Court In Town
Walker River Justice Court to make debut on July 1 (Mason Valley News article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Slovenly Procedures Scored
Yucca Mountain: Quality Assurance at DOE's Planned Nuclear Waste Repository Needs Increased Management Attention (Government Accounting Office website - pdf format)
Related Story
GAO: Quality assurance problems still hamper nuclear waste dump (Nevada AP article)
Privacy Rights
Democrats Fighting to Protect Taxpayer Privacy (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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From The Neon Empire
Illegal Sports Betting Bigger Than Narcotics Trafficking - $118 Billion/Year Business

"Online sports betting sites aren't just flourishing in the rest of the country, where sports books are illegal everywhere except Nevada. Internet sites have found a hot spot in Nevada and especially in Las Vegas, home to one of the biggest concentration of gamblers and a place where bettors come from all over the world to hone their skills."

Betting the 'Net: Internet sports wagering gaining popularity with locals (Las Vegas Sun article)
Place Bets From The Shower Or Toilet!
Players mull mobility as Nevada approves mobile gambling rules (Nevada AP article)

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March 24, 2006

[10:15 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
State Sen. Titus' Proposal To Clean Up Corrupt Practices In Nevada

The Proposal

Dina Titus Proposes 12-Step Plan to Restore Trust in Nevada Government (State Sen. Titus Press Release)

More Coverage And Reaction

12-STEP ETHICS PROPOSAL: Titus unveils plan to curb corruption -- Candidate for governor decries political 'pandemic' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"'You can't be getting money the same time you're casting votes...that's pay-to-play,' she said."

Attention problem campaign donors and campaign cash recipients: Your condition is treatable (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
The Inimitable Mr. Beers
Going for Governor: State senator campaigns for rural votes (Elko Free Press article)

"Of cheap Beers, amazing brazenness, surprising appearances and a gubernatorial tussle"

Jon Ralston on how Bob Beers will make himself heard in this race (Las Vegas Sun column)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC)
How Impartial Are They?
Studies find fault with state spending limits: Nevada among states considering Colorado-style proposal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Reports

Education and Investment, Not TABOR, Fueled Colorado's Economic Growth in 1990s

A Faulty Fix: Repairing the "Ratchet" Will Not Repair TABOR

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Public Tobacco-Smoking Ban
Secondhand smoke gets group's attention: Nevadans for Tobacco-Free Kids tout ballot initiative (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Competing interests fight over 2 smoking initiatives: Tourism industry works to head off strict regulations (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Teaching Evolution Initiative
Plan would diminish science education (Mary Peacock column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Police aided FBI probe: Jaguars permit faced challenge (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
JOHN L. SMITH: Attorney-lobbyist avoids prosecution's web in corruption trial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Health Insurance: 1 In 6 Nevadans Don't Have It
Feds back down on insurance assistance: State expected help on low-income plan (Las Vegas Sun article)
Strange And Disturbing, With Ghoulish Overtones
State looking into Briton's missing organs (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada Highway Patrol Case
Troopers breaking the law cannot be tolerated (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
On A More Upbeat Note
Drug program expands, helps Nevadans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada's Tourism Up Slightly
Visitors to Nevada grow 0.8 percent in 2005 to 51.6 million (Nevada AP article)
An Interesting Statistic
A total of 84.9 percent of Nevada big game hunters used the Internet (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local Government
Clark County
Armed Youths
A dangerous combination: Clark County statistics show arrests are mounting in cases of juveniles with guns (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Henderson's New Police Chief
Perkins named chief of police in Henderson (Nevada AP article)
Washoe County
Credit Rating Improves
Washoe County receives high mark in credit rating (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Swollen Administrator Salaries; Shortchanged Staff

"Seeking part-time instructors for Nevada community colleges and universities. No job security. No medical benefits. No office of your own. Earn half of what others get for similar work."

Universities rely more than ever on part-timers: Adjunct instructors don't have same pay, benefits as full timers (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Public Education
Achievement Tests
Failing grade for the SAT (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Clark County School District

"The nation's fifth-largest largest school district typically pleads for additional funding, arguing it already does more with less than can reasonably be expected. Opponents question why, with more than half of Nevada's budget already committed to K-12 education, the academic performance of Clark County's students remains lackluster."

Audit may answer questions: School District to get full review (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
New report shows Yucca stuck in old errors, Porter says: Some of the same issues today raised in 2004 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
A Ridiculous Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars
Yucca Mountain Youth Zone (DOE website)
Related Story
Yucca Johnny targets youngsters' hearts, minds (Las Vegas Sun article)
The Fourth Amendment

"The default setting is not that government agents should be able to enter our homes except when the stars align just right, but rather that, 'The right of the people to be secure in their homes, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.'"

Freedom from warrantless search: High court backs the Fourth Amendment (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
The Right To Privacy
Selling out on privacy: Consumers need more protection as they try to secure their personal information (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Obsessive Government Secrecy

"Federal agencies are steering unclassified government documents into categories that, while not labeling them as classified, still prevent them from being readily available to the public."

In need of sensitivity training: Use of vaguely defined secret category is removing federal documents from public view (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Irregular Passage

"On Tuesday, the Washington-based lobbying group Public Citizen sued to block the law on the grounds that the House and Senate passed significantly different bills."

How a bill becomes law? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Presidential Prudery

"President George W. Bush amended Article 134 of the UCMJ by Executive Order 12473 last October."

Revised military conduct code puts brothels off-limits (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Federal Lands
Forest Service may sell 80 acres on Mahala Creek (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Utilities
Regulators slate sessions on utility's rate proposals (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
TOQUOP ENERGY PLANT: 'This isn't your ... grandfather's coal plant' -- Developers of power plant near Mesquite field questions from public (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Neon Empire
Must Be Used In Nevada Casinos' Public Areas
Devices could bring mobile gaming to casinos (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past
Chinese Railway Workers
Chinese recognized for work on V&T Railroad: Consul: Hope is that museum will strengthen China-United States relationship, trade (Nevada Appeal* article)
19th century Chinese laborers honored at railroad museum reception (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Dayton Museum Historical Society
Spring cleaning gets museum ready for more visitors (Nevada Appeal* article)

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March 25, 2006

[9:30 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race

Titus-Gibbons Debate

Corrupt Practices Reform, Mayor Gibson's Fetal Position The Main Issues

"'Either get on board and clean it up, or let's have politics as usual, same good ol' boy, same special favors,' she said."

Titus, Gibson square off: Democratic candidates for governor exchange criticisms face to face (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Titus has been in the state Senate since 1989. In the coming months of the Democratic primary, we've got to believe that Gibson's campaign can come up with something on her that's better than the fluff he put out Friday. He must be saving his best cheap shots for later."

Gibson endorses Titus ethics package (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Democrats vying for governor's office debate (Nevada AP article)

"We at Various Things & Stuff still think that Gibson's quote — in which he said he's never going to put himself in a position where things he really believes would be at odds with what he'd enact as governor — has implications beyond abortion. What are those things that he really believes? And should they form the basis of a government?"

Debate! Debate! Debate! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Related Story On The Death Of Ethics Reform Bill in 2005 Legislature

"Ethics bills authored in the aftermath of Controller Kathy Augustine's abuse of her office are being wheeled into the morgue, otherwise known as the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee. This land of legislative toe tags is carefully tended by committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Las Vegas, and Sen. Bill Raggio, R-Reno, the vice chairman, a man who historically leaves no fingerprints as he slits the throats of ethics bills."

JANE ANN MORRISON: Efforts to improve ethics laws dying predictable deaths in Legislature (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column, May 26, 2005)
2006 Legislative Races
Bob Seale not going to run for anything this year (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Seale says working in minority frustrating (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Assemblyman won't seek re-election (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Prominent GOP lawmaker won't seek re-election in Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Nye County Corruption Case
Fed grand jury indicts Richards (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
State Contingency Fund Nearly Drained

"The state of Nevada's piggy bank - the cash set aside for unexpected costs between Legislatures - is nearly gone after less than half the two-year budget cycle."

State contingency funds low after unexpected costs (Nevada Appeal* article)
Legislators Can't Get Facts On Child Abuse Deaths

"Welfare or social services agencies could be subject to penalties if they breach confidentiality requirements under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to an opinion by Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Pyzel."

Agencies say law keeps child abuse information secret: State trying to uncover how 79 children died (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada lawmaker wants more public info on child deaths (Nevada AP article)
NDOIT Investigation

"The Department of Information Technology's chief of security is on administrative leave pending an investigation of a trip he took on state business to Denver, Colo."

Alleged expense violations by state official (Nevada Appeal* article)
State's Corporate Raiders Rebuffed
Los Angeles TV station rejects Las Vegas ad campaign (Nevada AP article)
Spectacular Scenery Near Tonopah May Become State Park
Scenic Monte Cristo Range gains support to become new Nevada park (Nevada AP article)
NDOT Roundabouts Questioned Again
County unhappy with NDOT's 'roundabout' (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Local Government
Clark County
Developing Interests
Of corporate neighbors, and corporate neighborhoods (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Redistricting

"Although the county's district boundaries were redrawn to balance populations in 2001, the region's explosive growth has thrown commissioners' constituencies completely out of whack in just a few years."

Time to redraw: County Commission wise to move forward with redistricting (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Douglas County
Budget Bump

"Sales tax revenues did not quite meet expectations last year, just one of the reasons county officials are scrambling to balance the 2006-07 budget, according to County Manager Dan Holler."

Douglas budget hits a bump (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
A Shame

"The young speakers, who had all abused methamphetamine, alcohol, cocaine and other drugs, freely volunteered advice to parents on how to detect the warning signs of a child slipping into a life of abuse. Unfortunately, no parents were there to hear it."

Substance abuse seminar plays to empty house (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

Lyon County
Rural counties outstrip Clark County's growth: How It Works In Fernley (Nevada AP article)
Nye County
County Government Affairs
Interim county manager, comptroller could be named at Monday meeting (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Town
Full Agenda
Meeting Tuesday; economic board could be re-established (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Get Ready
Utility goes with the flow: Wastewater Plant Almost Open For Business (Pahrump Valley Times article)
The Mysterious Case Of The Ballarat Bandit
A look inside the life of the 'Bandit' (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Storey County
The Hole In The Highway
Repairs to Six Mile Canyon Road to begin once funds secured (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
White Pine County
To Dig And Drill
County modifies wilderness area recommendations to allow oil and gas exploration (Ely Times article)
Dodging The Open Meeting Law

"Of course part of that puzzle is none of us being privy to how the cost wrangling works out in those secret negotiations. Far too frequently the county and city “negotiating teams” have met out of the public view to discuss how to divvy up the taxpayers' dollars. Their excuse for the secret haggling is that neither “team” represents a quorum of the commission or the council. We argue each “team” is itself an appointed, advisory public body and their joint meetings should adhere to the Nevada Open Meeting Law."

Editorial: Mayor casts a proper vote (Ely Times editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Nye County School District
Nye School district saves money (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Nye county schools are tech-savvy (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Sierra Waters Study Questioned
Scientists question claim of dangerous levels of mercury in Lake Tahoe (Nevada Appeal* article)
Negotiating With The Water Moloch
County may make deal for Spring Valley water (Ely Times article)
The Wells Of Carson
Two wells exceed EPA uranium standards: No emergency, using bottled water won't be necessary (Nevada Appeal* article)
Uranium found in two Carson wells (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement
New York Mafia Cops Trial

"The defense team for a former police detective accused of moonlighting as a hitman for the mob said on Friday that neither he nor any other witness will take the stand on his behalf -- a decision that could bring the highly anticipated trial in Brooklyn to a rapid close."

Mob-police case could end quickly (Associated Press article)
Brothel Touting
Brothel ads will level out the playing field (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)

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Native Nevadans
No agreement for Shoshone land transfer: White Pine County and the Ely Shoshone Tribe cannot agree on land issues (Ely Times article)
Duckwater tribe, agencies to protect Railroad Valley springfish (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Mining
Quadra calls Robinson's 2005 operation ‘robust' (Ely Times article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca probe forwarded: Federal prosecutors reviewing evidence (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada calls for results of probes into Yucca Mountain e-mails (Nevada AP article)
Quittin' time for Yucca Johnny: Web site for children promoting Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste dump misses the mark (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Federal Land Sales
Norton puts Nevada on notice: Outgoing interior secretary remains critical of state's hold on land-sale dollars (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Patriot Act
President Signs Law But Says He Won't Be Bound By It

"We need representatives with the courage of the likes of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry. We’re not interested in ordinary politicians."

Who Does Bush Think He Is? Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Congressional Intelligence Oversight Investigations
Reid response on Feingold Resolution (Desert Beacon Blog)
The Poorly Paid Soldiers Of The United States
How to support the troops? Pay them (Desert Beacon Blog)
Endangered Species Act Reform
Bearing down on wildlife: Scientists say U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials should hold off on removing the grizzly from protection offered under the Endangered Species Act (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada's Past
At the Throttle: A British view of the NNRy Museum (Ely Times column)

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March 26, 2006

[11:45 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Titus-Gibson Debate
Tell Us Again About Nevada's $10,000 Campaign Contribution Limit

"Both candidates are in the awkward position of talking about ethics when both have accepted large bundled donations from rich developers. The Fertitta brothers, Lorenzo and Frank III, and their Station Casino entities, gave $40,000 to Gibson and $25,000 to Titus. Gibson also received $150,000 from the developer Tony Marnell, who's building the M Resort in Henderson."

Democratic candidates go head to head: Gibson, Titus try to put best foot forward early on (Las Vegas Sun article)
NRS 294A.100 Limit on amount that may be contributed to or accepted by candidate; penalty.
Beers Everywhere
ERIN NEFF: Beers steps forward at gubernatorial candidate forum (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Senator Beers stops through Incline on the campaign trail (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza* article)
2006 Congressional Races
Congressional District 2
Gibbons campaigns for Congress during stop at senior center (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Derby calls for repeal of new Medicare Taxes (Nevada Appeal* article)
Is There Something Wrong With Our System?
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. -- William Butler Yeats

"When a man like Seale, a GOP assemblyman and former state treasurer, announces he is getting out, it's (again) time to start wondering what's wrong with a system where the good, dedicated people flee and the lesser ones would do anything to stay."

Jon Ralston laments the state of state politics, where the best of legislators all want to get out while all the worst do everything they can to stay in (Las Vegas Sun column)
Seale’s Exit, Stage Right (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
A Matter Of Credibility
Galardi dishes up dirt on club rival: Rizzolo fingered in secret FBI reports (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government
Some Current Issues In Government
Street Violence
Gangs
JOHN L. SMITH: Single mother's best not enough to keep son safe from gang violence (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
May You Live In Interesting Times
 What to do when you’re attacked! (Elko Free Press article)
Government Subsidies For Favored Corporations

"The city of Las Vegas is moving to hand over half of 68-acre Freedom Park -- one of the city's few regional parks -- to a private company. What's more, the city plans to spend $26 million to get the park ready for its private operator."

GEOFF SCHUMACHER: Park plan could be major-league boondoggle (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Major-league pitch a gamble for Vegas (Las Vegas Sun article)
Father Knows Best Government: Transforming "The Right To Vote" Into "The Right To Comment" 
Get beyond the turf war (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Officials' Conflicts Of Interest

"Sooner or later, attorney Wolfson will go to trial and do battle with the district attorney and Metro over the merits of their investigation. He will be an adversary of Metro and he will stand to gain financially by defeating Metro in a court of law. At the same time, Councilman Wolfson will have a role in the financial oversight of Metro."

SHERMAN FREDERICK: Stomach says: good attorney, bad councilman (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Freedom Of Commercial Speech
THOMAS MITCHELL: Hypocrisy and brothel advertising (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

"Hot babes direct to your room - Girls that want to meet you"

Jeff Simpson on why mobile billboards are worse than an eyesore (Las Vegas Sun column)
State Government
Nevada's Highways Of Death
Special report: State of emergency on Nevada's rural highways (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Deadliest roads in rural Nevada: Driver fatigue, inattention key in freeway accidents (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
65 minutes from crash to hospital: Nevada's rural response times are worst in U.S. (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Aging, worn equipment makes hard job just that much harder (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Risk of Dying Along Nevada's Highways (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Nevada Development Authority
Everything 'businesses need to thrive': Nevada tries to capitalize on California's regulatory excess (Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial)
Government Appointments
Sparks Councilwoman Judy Moss (Sparks Tribune article via Battle Born News)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Speak Up
Public gets final chance to comment on master plan (Nevada Appeal* article)
Pack 'Em In -- The Developing Trend
This year's trend: dense office and residential space (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
A Tourist In Babylon
Hal Rothman on why, in a city that is all things to all people, the slogan could just as easily be 'I'm OK, you're OK' instead of 'What happens here, stays here': A little Vegas in everyone (Las Vegas Sun column)
Elko County
City Of Elko
City begins work on budget (Elko Free Press article)
City Of Wells
Special use permits denied by Wells panel (Elko Free Press article)
Lyon County
New Planning Director hired (Nancy Dallas column, NewsDesk website)
Washoe County
Acquiring Public Lands
IVGID to decide on Incline Lake (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Denio property back in spotlight (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
Board renews superintendent's contract (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Washoe County School District
Showing parents how to learn (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada's Environment
Is there Mercury in the lake? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Who wins grazing war? (Elko Free Press article)

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Hispanic Nevada
A Hard-Working, Family-Oriented Community

"In Mexico, you're never entirely sure your money is still in the bank."

Banking on Hispanics (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Impact of Latino community's growth, income seen nationwide (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Problem: Immigration Reform
Hundreds protest in Reno (Associated Press article)

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Federal Nevada
Problems In Contemporary Government: Overregulation

"[I]t took 'only' 2,620 pages to itemize all the new federal regulations promulgated in the year 1936, but . . . by 2004 the Federal Register was publishing a an impenetrable 75,600 pages of new rules and regulations annually."

VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: The charter for unlimited government (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
The Right To Privacy
It's Saturday Morning -- Who's paying how much for your personal data? (Desert Beacon Blog)
National Defense
Nuclear testing (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Just In Time For Easter

Ivan Kramskoy, Christ in the Wilderness (1872)

Americans, especially Catholics, approve of torture (National Catholic Reporter article)
The War In Iraq
Richard Disney Debates an Anti War Protest Leader (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
U.S. cannot solve Iraq political strife (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Those against war should look at history (Jim Clark column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)
President's view of war shared by fewer people (Ed Gurowitz column, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza)
Rethinking role of the National Guard (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Federal Lands
Telling it on the mountain: U.S. Forest Service seeks to improve visitors' experiences and sustain conservation by turning a failed golf resort into an interpretive center at Mount Charleston (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Vanishing Nevada
For Whom The Belle Tolls
Farewell to the Liberty Belle (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal*)
RSCVA bids for Liberty Belle property (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past
Curse Of The Petroglyph

"Indian leaders have described petroglyphs as 'evidence of our existence and symbols of the eternal and unseen.'"

Fate of Peavine petroglyphs to be decided (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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March 27, 2006

[9:55 AM]

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance And Ethics Laws
Save Yourself Some Tax Dollars By Ending Corrupt Practices

The "Brains" -- Thomas Nast cartoon [click on image to enlarge]

"Voters are certainly sick and tired of politicians cashing in on their positions of public trust. And given recent corruption scandals -- both nationally and locally -- support for stronger ethics laws with real teeth runs wide and deep among the electorate."

Dina Titus and ethics (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
2006 Congressional Races
Predatory Lending Law Reform: A Good Question For Voters To Ask Congressional Candidates
Question for Porter: 1295 or 1182? (Desert Beacon Blog)
Related Story
Henderson adopts rules tightening restrictions on payday loan centers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 Voting

"That's What's The Matter" -- Thomas Nast cartoon [click on image to enlarge]

"The state of Nevada has access to all the software that runs slots, but voting machine software is a trade secret of the companies that produce them. Slots may be surprise-inspected by gaming regulators at any time, while election machines aren't required to be checked."

Political Notebook: Author argues elections bigger gamble than slots -- In Nevada, paper trail backs up electronic voting equipment (Molly Ball column, Las Vegas Review-Journal*)
Political Miscellany
Spring, a season of budding politicians (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Yet Another Abusive Local Government Practice: Franchise Fee Hikes

"If you don’t know what the franchise fee is, grab your latest power bill and you’ll see it. It’s basically a way for the city to double gouge you on taxes."

Carson City’s Franchise Fee Disease Moves North (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
Adding A Middleman: Lobbyists And Local Governments

"'Your local taxpayer dollars are being used to employ a lobbyist as a middleman to go out and get your federal tax dollars,' said Alex Knott, project manager of Lobby Watch at the Center for Public Integrity. 'It's a situation that's increasing.'"

TWO-PERSON OFFICE: Lobbying firm slips into D.C -- R&R Partners taking low-key approach (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Washoe County
City Of Reno Ponders Whether To Be A Trailblazer

"Recognizing that Reno's trail system is a patchwork of short and broken paths interrupted by subdivisions and busy roads, city officials are closing in on a guide for the area's greenways and open space that includes long, connected trails and greater protection for the city's undeveloped areas."

Open space plan goes to public: Draft documents vision for protection, connection (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Law Enforcement
Taking The Initiative
Potluck dinner planned as forum to discuss meth (Nevada Appeal* article)
The Wrong Kind Of Self-Help

"One allegation: Some firefighters collected cash, banked it, wrote a personal check for that amount and then took a charitable deduction on their federal income taxes."

JANE ANN MORRISON: Lawyer checking whether firefighters routinely cash in on charity work (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
New York "Mafia Cops" Trial
Case offers Hollywood moments: 'Mafia cops' trial features theatrics (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Education
Churchill County School District
School district devising tutoring program for low-income students (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
State Water Moloch Goes To Church, And Brings An Offering
Church cashes in on water: $7.2 million leases Muddy River rights (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Living
Swathe Of The Reaper
Experts grappling with high suicide rate: Causes, cures for Nevada's disturbing trend sought (Las Vegas Sun article)
Self-Reliant Citizens
Homeowners use elbow grease to protect against wildfires (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Wired up for Yucca hearing (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Campaign Finance Reform
New FEC Rules Would Regulate Paid Web Ads (Associated Press article)
Related US Supreme Court Case

McConnell v. FEC (2003)

House Of Representatives Only Working 97 Days This Year
Our 'do-nothing Congress': GOP-controlled House on a pace to be in session this year for fewest days since 1948 (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Patriot Act
Patriot Act's fast-tracking of death penalty cases draws criticism (Las Vegas Sun article)
Environment Matters
Greens scramble to buy -- and log -- forests: A free-market solution returns timberland to tax rolls (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Immigration Reform
Keep that dream alive (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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From The Neon Empire
Gaming interests focus on Pennsylvania as expansion stalls elsewhere (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Vanishing Nevada
You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone
Landmark Douglas County saloon destroyed by fire (Nevada AP article)
Fire destroys Centerville's Valley Bar: Historic structure hauled from Virginia City by oxen in the 1930s (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada's Past
That Old Church
Sides evoke Twain in flap over church: Author raised money to help complete construction (Nevada AP article)

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Update For March 27, 2006

[6:25 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race

Part 1 Of Titus-Gibson Debate Transcript Now Online

Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform
Gibson vs. Titus, Part One (Vegas Pundit website)
Rep. Gibbons' Centrist Position Scored From Right And Left
Maximum Rage Over Minimum Wage (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Gibbons Campaign & the Funniest Line of the Morning (Desert Beacon Blog)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Juror Excused; New Tapes Played
G-Sting: Judge Releases Juror (KLAS-TV report)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Dangerous Highways
State of emergency on Nevada's rural highways (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Responders left stranded: Help from state hard to come by for isolated ambulance crews (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
State tracks response times, but it fails to analyze the data (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Low Unemployment
State Continues To Post Most Enviable Job Growth In America (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Nevada unemployment rate up slightly, still only 3.8 percent (Nevada AP article)
Nevada unemployment rate dips in Feb. (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Group: Nevada EPA Oversight Lax
Big Springs-- Help Protect The North Fork Of The Humboldt River (Great Basin Mine Watch Press Release)

Great Basin Mine Watch Website

Related Story

Panel reviews agency decision on old Nevada mine (Nevada AP article)
Former State Correctional Officer Convicted
Kastner Sentenced To Probation For Aiding Escaped Inmate (Attorney General Press Release)
Former Nevada prison employee gets probation in escape case (Nevada AP article)
Judicial Nominees Go To Governor
Three lawyers recommended for vacant judgeship in northern Nevada (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Elko County
West Wendover court clerk arrested for embezzlement (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada
Immigration Reform Bill In Congress

"In Washington lawmakers were considering immigration reform involving the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, that would make it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally, impose new penalties on employers who hire illegal immigrants and erect fences along one-third of the U.S.-Mexican border."

Carson students join national protest: Hundreds walk out of classes in march to Capitol (Nevada Appeal* article)
Hispanic students protest in Reno, Carson (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
We Need Immigration Reform (Richard Disney column, Battle Born News)
Got fear? (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

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March 28, 2006

[10:30 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Congressional Races
Congressional District 2

Congressional Candidate Dawn Gibbons

Columnist's Controversial Comments Misfire In Fallon

"Tedford was expecting edgy from a guy who makes his living slamming politicians, but thought this particular attack crossed the line into something a lot more personal, like a shot below the belt. The mayor was so embarrassed that he later called Gibbons to apologize and assure her 'People in Fallon aren't like that' and what Ralston had done 'was just wrong.'"

Despite attack, Gibbons may have the last laugh (Rick Swart column, Lahontan Valley News*)
The Event
Awards, political commentary highlight chamber banquet (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Incident Casts Most Recent (And Thought-Provoking) Column In Ironic Light

Jon Ralston laments the state of state politics, where the best of legislators all want to get out while all the worst do everything they can to stay in (Las Vegas Sun column)

2006 Governor's Race
GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFULS: Republican candidates given tips -- Group's leader tells three to stick to fiscal conservatism (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Republican candidates for governor disavow Guinn tax increase (Nevada AP article)
Gibbons v Guinn continues (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
The Anti-Smoking Acts

"As a non-smoker, I don't generally like to be around people puffing away. I don't like the way my clothes or hair smell after walking through a casino. But two initiatives in front of voters this fall that attempt to regulate tobacco smoking are more ridiculous efforts to take away rights via the ballot box."

ERIN NEFF: Thank you for smoking (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
The Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Captured Conversations
Phone calls reveal efforts over strip club proposals (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
A Question Of Credibility
JOHN L. SMITH: Disentangling the provable Galardi allegations proves to be monumental (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Ethics Proceedings
Ethics panel throws out accusations: Henderson constable, former police chief cleared of wrongdoing (Las Vegas Sun article)
Why?: The Mystery Of Suicide
High suicide rate targeted: Statewide prevention plan implemented (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Investigation Of Claimed State Inaction In Elko County Gold Mine Pollution Case
Gold mine pollution hearing scheduled: Board to hear claims from watchdog group (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Churchill County
Forum on Hazen project spurs discussion, debate (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Clark County
Let The Cost Overruns Begin
 FREEDOM PARK RENOVATION: Big price tag for Big League -- Sports complex city plans to build looks to cost 40 percent more than prior estimate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Too Fast To Blast, Dusty
Fines loom over dust from blasts (Las Vegas Sun article)
May Step Down
EOB chief considering resigning post: Murray says deal made to fill new position (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Lyon County
Anti-Meth Meetings
Area communities hold meth meetings (Nevada Appeal* article)
Storey County
A Hole In The Highway
Storey officials hoping for June reopening of Six Mile (Nevada Appeal* article)
Washoe County
Water Speculators Seek Suction Plan OK
Aqua Trac seeks approval to pump water east of Pyramid Lake (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
A Little Late: Washoe Public Wasn't Part Of Secret Land Grab Planning Sessions

"Until now, public involvement has been minimal not because the public has been locked out but because the public generally yawns when asked to participate."

A chance to be involved (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Rulffes' plan aims to improve underperforming schools (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Law Enforcement
State Supreme Court Upholds Some Counts, Dismisses Others In Hells Angels v. Mongols Affray
The Decision

Regas v. District Court (Nevada Supreme Court website - pdf format)

Related Stories

Court junks indictment in Laughlin riot: Attorneys unsure of ruling's effect on motorcycle gang case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Court: Indictment against bikers flawed (Nevada Appeal* article)
Not So Funny Papers
Charges of stealing comic books against IRS agent dismissed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Scientists tout technology, research -- Waste repository project might use advances (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Feds continue to bully Nevada over Yucca (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Immigration Reform
Protests
Hundreds of students march to protest immigration bills: Youths walk out of classes in Reno and Carson City (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Carson students join nationwide protest of immigration reform (Nevada Appeal* article)
Student protesters need permission slips: Absence for immigration protest OK with a note from parents (Nevada Appeal* article)
Positions
Immigration a touchy subject: GOP candidates give views on issue (Las Vegas Sun article)

"If Congress does eventually send a bill to President Bush, it must significantly reduce the flow of illegals by improving border security and it must deny illegal immigrants access to public services. Taxpayers should not have to subsidize the lives of people with no right to be here."

Illegal immigration debate -- What bill will emerge from a fractured Congress? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
A Near Thing
TOO CLOSE TO HOME: Air Force to probe flare drop -- Explosives landed about 50 feet from woman in 2004 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) Colloquy
Ensign, Bush, and the Problems with CAFTA (Desert Beacon Blog)

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Vanishing Nevada
Owner hopes historic saloon damaged by fire gets rebuilt (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Update for March 28, 2006

[10:20 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Titus-Gibson Debates Part 2 Now Available Online
Titus-Gibson, Part 2 (Vegas Pundit website)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Appeal rejected in Las Vegas fight-fixing case (Nevada AP article)

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Law Enforcement
New York "Mafia Cops" Trial
Witness describes digging grave of alleged victim of 'Mafia Cops' (Associated Press article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
New law may hamper Nevada mining watchdog group (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Washoe County
Water Speculators Want A Favor From Washoe: Approve Our Suction Scheme
Company wants Washoe County to drop water protest (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Pro-Yucca group presses for legislative fix to move dump forward (Nevada AP article)
Feds dump Bechtel for Nevada Test Site management contract (Nevada AP article)
Immigration Reform
Reid Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Las Vegas high school students protest immigration reform (Nevada AP article)
In Defense of the Law (Terresa Monroe-Hamilton column, Battle Born News)
FEC Proposed Internet Regulations
Proposed Regulations (Lead courtesy of Sailor in the Desert Blog)
From The US Congress
Ensign, Reid Announce Grants To Improve Reno-Tahoe International Airport (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Ensign Releases Hold On Coast Guard Nominee Thad Allen (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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March 29, 2006

[10:10 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC)
Who favors unlimited government growth? 'Investing in the public sector' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Jon Ralston On Politics: Stirring the tax pot (In Business Las Vegas column)
2006 Governor's Race
Jon Ralston on the changing masks worn by GOP gubernatorial hopefuls (Las Vegas Sun column)
2006 Attorney General's Race
AG office is just a game of musical chairs (Michael Green column, Las Vegas Business Press)
2006 Local Races
Clark County Sheriff
Metro detective still wants a change at top: Martines, a 32-year veteran, will take another shot at campaigning for sheriff (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial

"'I'm two points down statewide. We're there,' Kenny said, according to transcripts of the call. 'I'm begging now. I'm on my knees begging. You can't get me in a more vulnerable position right now.'"

Agent details Malone efforts: Several officials contacted on issues affecting Galardi (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane

"Thousands of voters have received automated phone calls slamming Clark County Manager Thom Reilly for his handling of the controversy surrounding embattled county Recorder Fran Deane."

Phone siege targets county manager: Republican activist behind attack message (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Automated Message
The Not-So-Great Dane strikes again (Vegas Pundit website)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Government Secrecy Veils Child Abuse Death Problem

"Something is seriously wrong here. And one way to help fix the system is to subject it to increased public scrutiny."

Child abuse deaths (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Nevada's Deadly Highways
Rural areas need support (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Allegations Against State Assemblyman Scott Sibley

"Contacted in his Las Vegas office, Sibley said the incident occurred on Feb. 6, 2004, a time when he was not an assemblyman and before he filed for the office."

Ethics Commission is asked to investigate assemblyman: Henderson resident questions lawmaker's role in 2004 eviction (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Loss Of Tobacco Revenue
Tobacco money faces cuts (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Housing Shortage Looms
Old mobile home park to close soon: Some residents concerned about where they will live (Nevada Appeal* article)
Not enough mobile home parks to fill housing need (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
Unemployment Down
Valley's unemployment stays low (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Prospects For Home Mortgage Defaults Rising
'Perfect storm' brewing in home defaults: Bankers, lenders remain bullish, but rate hikes may collapse house of cards (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Sahara Towers
Felon fingered as string-puller in 'Sahara Towers' venture (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Douglas County
Ignoring The Problem Of Youth Drug Abuse

"No parents attended the symposium at which several young people shared their stories about drug use and how oblivious their parents were to their behavior."

Parents must be involved (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Legislative Committee Won't Open Secret Panel Discussion To Public

"Sen. Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas, a member of the Study of School Financing Adequacy and a candidate for governor, suggested the panel's meetings of education experts beginning today should be open to the public. But a legislative counsel opinion said the panels are part of the work of the contractor, Augenblick, Palaich and Associates Inc., and are not subject to the state open meeting law."

EDUCATION CONSULTANT: School funding talks closed -- Study excludes transportation, building costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Clark County School District

Neighbors want to rein in school: Rural lifestyle said to be threatened by new elementary (Las Vegas Sun article)

Washoe County School District
Trustees approve schedule changes for Washoe County schools (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

"A coalition that supports Yucca Mountain called Tuesday for Congress to allow the Energy Department to start placing high-level nuclear waste at the Nevada site while a repository for the material is being built."

Group urges action on waste: Yucca Mountain backers want deliveries started during construction (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Bechtel loses test site contract (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Dingell's questions (Vegas Pundit website)
Immigration Reform

"If the U.S. senators from Nevada take cues from the businesses that drive Las Vegas' economy, they will support a guest worker program being considered in Congress for millions of illegal immigrants. But outside the business community, concern is rising among the public and conservatives that illegal immigrants burden government services and challenge U.S. workers for a shrinking pool of low-skilled jobs."

Nevada's employers wary: State's growing economy needs low-cost workers, officials say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Student protests continue: School officials say walkouts over immigration must stop (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Students rally for second day: Students say they will continue to protest proposed immigration reform (Nevada Appeal* article)
Protesting students stood up for their beliefs (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Students protest immigration bill (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Hispanic protests in LV lack L.A. punch (Las Vegas Sun article)
Tahoe workers chime in on national immigration policies (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Tom Gorman wonders if paying an honest day's wage for an honest day's work makes him part of the 'immigration problem' (Las Vegas Sun column)
Latinos in Incline (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Hispanics are here to stay (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Federal Land Sales Proceeds
Nevada must heed Norton's warning (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
War And The US Constitution
Late Night Rambling: On Fear and Fear Itself (Desert Beacon Blog)

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Nevada Mining
New Report Gives Nevada First Place For Policies
News Release (Fraser Institute website)
Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2005/2006

Fraser Institute Website

Related Story

Nevada rated No. 1 in mineral policies (Elko Free Press article)
Claim: Elko County Gold Mine Polluted Humboldt River
State to hear Big Springs appeal (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Utilities
Reach For The Sky

"The Nevada Public Utilities Commission will hold a consumer session Thursday on a proposal to increase Spring Creek water rates by up to 58 percent and sewer rates by 4,175 percent."

Spring Creek rate hearing Thursday (Elko Free Press article)
Alternative Energy Sources
Banking and Finance: Sun is rising on solar energy projects (In Business Las Vegas article)

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From The Neon Empire
Compulsive Gambling Problems On The Rise

"'We opened the door and they came flooding in. I think it's an understatement to say I underestimated the need in Northern Nevada,' he said. 'The first day, there were a couple of people clutching newspaper articles about us at the front door, saying 'I need help.'"

Problem gambling center finds need for help dramatic (Nevada Appeal* article)
Gaming: More to problem gambling than meets the stats (In Business Las Vegas article)
Gambling And The Law
Gaming law an exclusive fraternity  (In Business Las Vegas article)

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Vanishing Nevada
Sunday fire destroys Centerville saloon (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)

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Nevada's Past
Excavating The Comstock
Archaeologist shares the dirt on Virginia City (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The California Trail

"At the request of the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway group, Washoe County commissioners Tuesday declared a stretch of the Old Emigrant Trail east of Sparks a public road, a decision likely to be challenged in court."

Officials declare trail stretch a public road: Decision expected to be disputed in court (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Update for March 29, 2006

[6:45 PM]

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Nevada Politics
Nevada Democratic Party
Dems gear up to elect a new chair (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Education First Initiative

"'You've got one [initiative] on education first, funding education first,' Raggio said. 'Sounds good, you know, but what does it mean? It means that we'll divide the budget up, and when the education budget is ready, we'll pass that and five minutes later or 10 minutes later we'll pass the next one.'"

How buzz words subvert the public debate (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
The Sideshow Continues
He Danes to strike again (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Sales And Use Tax Haul Up 15.7 Percent Over Last Year
Taxation Revenue Statistics - January 2006 (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Hold That Thought
Hearing on old Nevada mine delayed (Nevada AP article)
Three More Judicial Nominees Go To Governor Guinn
Three finalists picked to succeed Yerington judge (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Lake Tahoe
Developing Stories
Upscale Martis Valley development OK'd (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Ritz-Carlton plans luxury mountain lodge at Tahoe-area ski resort (Nevada AP article)
Nye County
New Manager
Interim county manager named: Nye planning director Ron Williams gets the position (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Old Problems
Growing Pains: Residents fighting business; Part II (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Update on the senior center (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Halima Charter School
School for at-risk students could close (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Bureaucrats at the Gate (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)

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Nevada Water Matters
Helping Out Harvey
Feds try to turn off spigot for project: Coyote Springs seeks more water (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
New Report Raises Serious Questions
New NIRS Report Challenges All US Radioactive Waste Policies (NIRS Press Release)
Radioactive Wreck: The Unfolding Disasters of U.S. Irradiated Nuclear Fuel Policies (NIRS Report)
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) Website
Feds Moving Ahead Anyway
Pro-Yucca group presses for legislative fix to move dump forward (Las Vegas Sun article)
Statement of Paul M. Golan, Acting Director, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, on 2007 Yucca Mountain Project budget request (OCRWM Press Release)
OCRWM 2007 Budget Request (OCRWM website)
EPA Recertifies DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (US EPA Press Release)
Yucca Mountain Site Manager To Be Replaced
National Security Technologies, LLC (NSTec) Awarded Nevada Test Site (Department of Energy Press Release)
Feds dump Bechtel for Nevada Test Site management contract (Nevada AP article)
From The US Congress
Lobby Reform Legislation Passes US Senate
Ensign Votes For Lobby Reform Bill (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Reid Statement on Lobbying Reform Legislation (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Invest USA
Ensign's Invest in the USA Continues to Pay Off (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

Local Largesse

Gibbons Announces Funding for Central Lyon County Fire Protection District (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
New Reports From The US Census Bureau

Black Population of the United States

Asian Population of the United States

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March 30, 2006

[10:10 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Legislative Races
Attorney may challenge assemblyman: Lawyer has filed complaint against Sibley (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
The Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Cash request details sought: Defense spotlights Galardi payment (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Galardi bugged out of FBI sting: Ex-councilman Mack target of setup (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Alleged Pollution From Elko County Gold Mine
State panel postpones action on Big Springs (Elko Free Press article)
Law review sought in mine dispute (Nevada AP article)
Bad Timing
Four sentenced for poaching in Nevada; 1st felony in state (Nevada AP article)
Get A License
Southern Nevada landscaper imprisoned (Nevada Appeal* article)
More Judicial Nominees Go To Governor Guinn
Three names considered to replace Judge McGroarty (Las Vegas Sun article)
Get Out Of The House, Go For A Drive And Take A Look At Our Wonderful State
Conference spotlights rural tourism in Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
Problems Getting Good Help

"A candidate who was hand-picked to run the troubled Economic Opportunity Board abruptly withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday after agency staffers and community members said he wasn't welcome or needed at the financially shaky social service organization."

NONPROFIT AGENCY: Troubled EOB loses candidate -- Contender to lead group cites opposition to new leadership (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Candidate declines county capital projects position (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Systemic Dysfunction
Zoning problems threaten nonprofit that aids homeless (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
A Snag in the Nye County Judicial System (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Churchill County
Developing Questions

"Given the escalating costs associated with acquiring water, a market driven, in part, by the 18 percent annual growth in Fernley, pro-growth Churchill County officials would be wise to take off their rose colored glasses and consider the potential for future fiscal impacts as the permitting for this huge project moves forward."

County must consider future costs of development (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Clark County
Not His Day
NLV police captain faces investigation: 9-1-1 caller complained about confrontation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
Northern Nevada Railway
Railroad Connection: Ely line may benefit Elko County railport (Elko Free Press article)
Looking Impecunious
City eyes airport budget shortfall (Elko Free Press article)
Lake Tahoe Region
Developers, environmentalists settle Martis Valley dispute (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Ritz-Carlton plans to build 172 rooms at Northstar resort (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Got Liberty?
Students protest free speech zones with silence: Demonstrators let duct tape do their talking at UNR (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Scores Improve
STATE PROFICIENCY EXAM: Seniors upgrade test scores -- District on pace to raise percentage of diploma recipients (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Go Somewhere Else
Alternative sites proposed for school: Rural neighborhood in Henderson at issue (Las Vegas Sun article)
Trying To Make A Positive Difference
School district reforms (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Washoe County School District
Troubled Halima Academy
School could be out for good at Halima Academy (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Save the School (Chuck Muth and Matthew Comprix column, Battle Born News)
Not Our Fault
Failing to meet kids' basic needs (Andrew E. Kelly column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Need For Change
Not just a Pine problem (Reno Gazette-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Utilities
Consumers Outraged By Rate Hike Requests

"Gary Brodt of Sun City Summerlin said: 'You're paid to produce a product at a reasonable price. If you can't run a company in a proper way, why should we bail you out?'"

Electric customers vent their frustrations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Good Riddance
Sempra to sell interest in Nevada power project (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Roadside Readers
Utilities tapping technology: Upgrade allows meters to be read as workers drive by with computers in trucks (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Immigration Reform
Action And Reaction
Student walkout echoes in valley: Immigration debate fuels strong emotions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Protests please opponent of illegal immigration (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Immigrants find they can fight City Hall (Las Vegas Sun article)
Opinions
Ensign: Allow visas but not citizenship (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Illegal aliens: Time to face thorny issue (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
ERIN NEFF: Next time, try an American flag (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Seeking a sane policy: Immigration measure in the Senate may restore rationality to citizenship debate (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Lobbying And Lobbyist Reform
Boy, do they ever hate term limits: If they're good for lobbyists, why do they cringe at them? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Federal Lands
Progress, nature at odds in land fight: Cities could lose 13,000 new acres (Las Vegas Sun article)

“'This is one step in many steps in the title process,' Caryn Huntt DeCarlo of the bureau’s Lahontan Basin Area Office said Tuesday regarding the largest federal title transfer project in the bureau’s history."

Humboldt Project advances (Elko Free Press article)

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From The Neon Empire
Compulsive Gambling Disease

Treatment Center Gets Added Funding . . .

Problem Gambling Center gets added funding: 6 percent of the state's adult population has gambling problems (Nevada Appeal* article)

But Needs More

"In 2005, the Legislature created the treatment program, funded by a fee of $1 per slot machine per quarter-year in 2006 and $2 per machine per quarter-year in 2007. That's less than .01 percent of what Nevada casinos will expect to win during that time."

Gambling treatment requires more funding (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Candor, And The Lack Thereof
JANE ANN MORRISON: Defamed attorney feels vindicated as gaming company's woes mount (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Back To The Reservation
INDIAN GAMING: Panel limits tribal casinos to reservations -- Gaming law revision heads to Congress (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past
Two buildings in Nevada listed on Register of Historic Places (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Update for March 30, 2006

[7:55 PM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Gibson on solving the energy problem (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

[Sorry, readers -- Mayor Gibson's plan isn't posted yet on his campaign website]

Wake Up and Smell the Ethics! Titus wakes up from long slumber, discovers ethics problem (Gibson 2006 campaign statement)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

You paid for it, II (Vegas Pundit website)
The Candidates Speak
Noteworthy Quotes (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
 The Republican Party: A Democrat's Partisan Look
A party in need of a message (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Legislative Races
Sibley challenged (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
The Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Former Clark County commissioner testifies to taking bribes (Nevada AP article)
A Taste of G-Sting: Phone tapes played in court tell a story of duplicitous personalities (Richard Abowitz article, Las Vegas Weekly)
G-sting report may tar the innocent (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Nevada Government
From The Nevada Supreme Court
Two Year Statute Of Limitations For Fax Spamming Cases

Edwards v. Emperor’s Garden Rest

Employee-Management Relations Board Has No Power To Issue Injunctions

City of Henderson v. Kilgore

Clarification Of Common Law Grounds For Reviewing Arbitrators' Decisions

Clark Cty. Educ. Ass’n v. Clark Cty. Sch. Dist.

Statement Made The Following Day Can Be An Excited Utterance Hearsay Exception

Medina v. State

Warrantless Search OK Where One Resident Consents And The Other Fails To Object

Casteel v. State

Pre-Judgment Attorneys' Fees And Costs Properly Excluded In Calculations Of Offer Of Judgment

McCrary v. Bianco (Amended Opinion)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Millennium Scholarship woes (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Public Schools
Making Excuses
Leaving No Excuses Behind (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Clark County School District
Superintendent Walt Rulffe's Letter On How He Intends To Run The District
No mo guff from Mo (Vegas Pundit website)

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Nevada Water Matters
Helping Out Harvey
Hearing opens on water plan for Nevada lobbyist-developer (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Prescription Drugs
One patient at a time: Partnership hopes to help Nevadans get free or discounted prescription drugs (Las Vegas CityLife article)

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Native Nevadans
Ancestral Lands
United States on trial: Shoshone tribes hauled the United States before a United Nations panel and won (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

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Federal Nevada
Nevada Test Site
Berkley Raises Red Flag Over Plan To Detonate 700 Ton Bomb At Nevada Test Site: Bush Admin. Official Says Expect a Mushroom Cloud Over Las Vegas (Rep. Berkley Press Release)
Plans for massive blast in Nevada desert draw fire (Nevada AP article)
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Key senator pushes Bush administration on Yucca Mountain bill (Nevada AP article)

"Yucca Johnny"

You know ... for the kids (Peggy Maze Johnson column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Immigration Reform
Reid Floor Statement On Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Education
Ensign: Nevada's Education Funds Increase More Than Other States (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Gibbons Supports Increased Access to Higher Education (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Porter Loan Forgiveness Amendment Included in Higher Education Bill (Rep. Porter Press Release)
Emergency Management
Ensign, Vitter Bill Will Allow Retired Officers To Assist During Disasters (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Patriot Act

"There have been more than 300,000 PATRIOT Act civil liberties abuses."

For the record (Bob Tregilus column, Reno News & Review)
New Federal Marshal
President nominates new U.S. marshal for Nevada (Nevada AP article)

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From The Neon Empire
Problem Gambling
 The living dead (Chip Moser column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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March 31, 2006

[11:20 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Legislative Races
Attorney announces candidacy for state Senate District 8 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Corruption?  In Nevada?
The Clark County Commission Corruption Trial

How The Payoffs Worked -- As Best She Can Remember

CORRUPTION TRIAL: Kenny sketches bribery -- Ex-official says others were on take (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Kenny details cash payments from developer (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Galardi Provides More Names Of Public Officials On His Pay-off Payroll
JOHN L. SMITH: While cutting a deal, Galardi says good and bad things about judges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Nevada State Legislature

"The message from the bureaucracy is clear: When it comes to discussing how to spend your money, their operating philosophy is, 'Get out and stay out!'"

Get out and stay out! Public pays consultants, but can't see them work (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Nevada's Deadly Highways
Elko ambulance director recalls attempt to start dedicated fund (Elko Free Press article)
Local Government
Clark County
Pulte Homes plans 2,014-acre Mesquite community (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Elko County
Developing Costs Mounting
Elko Sanitation rates to increase in April (Elko Free Press article)
Lyon County
Developing Costs Mounting Here Too

"Overall, the combined increase in water and sewer rates could reach as high as 40 percent, said Josh Foli, Lyon County comptroller."

Rate hikes proposed for water, sewer (Nevada Appeal* article)
Water rates just another cost of rapid growth (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Community Anti-Meth Meetings
Yerington woman shares her fight with drugs at meth forum: Community forums aim to raise awareness (Nevada Appeal* article)
Washoe County
Jurist Hints Key Provision In Court Order Omitted From Local Government Proposals

Why Aren't The Court Order, Subsequent Agreements  On Local Government Websites?

Hardesty to keep an eye on hearings about growth plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Spokeswoman For Meddling Group Burning Bridges Right And Left

"Either CARE is an acronym with significance or it's a cosmetic attempt to simulate outreach while stifling dissent. So far, it appears that compromise and openness are concepts that this bunch, by any acronym, left behind."

Jon Ralston deciphers the agenda of the newly formed Council for a Better Nevada spin-off group: What do they C.A.R.E. about? (Las Vegas Sun column)
Rural Lifestyles And Rural Schools
Sharing burdens of growth: One neighborhood's opposition to a proposed elementary school highlights a valley-wide issue of how the needs of many may override the desires of a few (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Federal Nevada
Nevada Test Site
Take Another One For The Team: The Return Of Mushroom Clouds
'MUSHROOM CLOUD OVER LAS VEGAS': Comment causes a chain reaction -- Official blasted for remarks about 700-ton explosion (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Reid sees more cuts for Yucca Mountain: Savings might help fund geothermal research (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Yucca Johnny"

Berkley calls on DOE to fire Yucca Mountain cartoon man (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Immigration Reform
Valley immigration views polled: 36 percent see influx of people as 'big' problem (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past
The Mysterious Mr. Hughes
Hughes wasn't a wacko, or was he? Former state Gaming Control Board chairman recalls secret mission to see billionaire in London (Las Vegas Sun article)
Lyon County Pioneer Family
Meet the 'Oldest Family Living Continuously in Lyon County' (Nevada Appeal* column)

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March 1, 2006

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March 1, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Secretary Of State Heller Won't Act On Legislators' Non-Disclosure Of Freebies
Nevada official won't investigate legislators' comps (Nevada AP article)
Public Statements, Published Reports An Insufficient Basis For Action

" . . .we note that the only information you cited to in your complaint as evidence of the alleged violation was media articles, which our office does not generally consider to be sufficient information to initiate an investigation."

Secretary of State's Letter To Citizen's Outreach head Chuck Muth (Vegas Pundit website)
2006 Nevada Voting
Nevada Among Many States Out Of HAVA Registration Compliance: Secretary Of State Unable To Create Data Base; County Clerks Frustrated By Poor Showing (Nevada Observer article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

Beers petition effort goes on: Judge may narrow spending limits (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Beers' Tax Proposal Not Ready For Signature Gathering: Judge Maddox Descriptive Language Not Descriptive Enough, Says Judge In Labor Union Lawsuit (Nevada Observer article)

Teaching Evolution Initiative

Nevada proposal raises questions about evolution (Nevada AP article)

"The question here is whether the need for "curriculum reform" has reached such a state of clear and present public crisis that we now need to micromanage our classroom teachers through the vastly unwieldy process of constitutional amendment."

Evolution initiative: Measure would not merit voter approval (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

Evolution critic sets scope on state: Las Vegas resident files a petition with secretary of state's office to place before voters a proposal that would require teachers to question evolution in Nevada's public classrooms (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

2006 US Senate Race
Jack Carter's Problem
FLASHPOINT for Mar 01, 2006 (Jon Ralston column, Las Vegas Sun)
2006 Governor's Race
Titus: Use state labor and companies on huge solar project (Nevada Appeal* article)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
We end up on Unger (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
State Republican Candidates, Party Turn Self-Destructive
Jon Ralston watches as Nevada Republicans make life hard on themselves as elections approach (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Mental Health Care
New Report Gives Nevada A D- Grade For State Mental Health Care

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Website

NAMI Nevada Report

Related Story
STATE-BY-STATE REPORT CARD: Nevada mental health care gets D- -- Lack of psychiatric physicians, emergency room use cited (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Legislative Audits
Agriculture
Audit: Agriculture Department missed $200,000 in fees (Nevada Appeal* article)

Audit (pdf format)

Cultural Affairs
Audit irritates agency head: Changes sought in operations, spending for museums, arts council (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Cultural Affairs director disagrees with critical state audit: Auditors charged he mishandled money for artist services and Arts in Education programs (Nevada Appeal* article)

Audit - Arts Council (pdf format)

Audit - Museums And History (pdf format)

Internet Security On State Sites

Audit (pdf format)

Nevada's Courts
Residential Construction Defects

"In the past two weeks judges in three separate cases have issued decisions that significantly undercut homeowners' ability to use so-called class action cases to sue builders accused of faulty work."

Nailing door shut on class action: More expensive construction suits seen (Las Vegas Sun article)
Victims Of Crime
Victims' fund needs evaluation: Compensation for crime victims pales in comparison with their soaring hospital expenses (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Teen Tobacco Ban
Senator's fight against tobacco use by teens tough (Linda Johnson column, Nevada Appeal*)
Local Government
Clark County
Taxicab Cameras
New rule creates de facto camera mandate for cabs: Drivers' representatives, civil libertarians unhappy with Taxicab Authority's action (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Washoe County
County Hikes Water Fees; Approves Vidler Pipeline Project
Water rates to rise this month: Washoe County commissioners approve ordinance for a 14.5 percent increase (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Anti-Meth Citizen's Movement
Meetings focus on methamphetamine crisis (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
University Regent Proposes Rap Concert Bans

"In the wake of a Las Vegas police officer's shooting death by a gangster rapper in February, Las Vegas Regent Stavros Anthony wants to ban groups that advocate violence against police and women from performing at campuses across the state."

Civil rights group rips move to ban rap shows (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Higher Education System Hasn't Acted To Bar No-Bid Contracts
Nevada's higher education system behind on audit recommendations (Nevada AP article)
Public Education
Clark County School District
Rulffes doesn't want to take district for a ride (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County School District
Trustees OK changes in boundaries for students (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca Project Under Stop-Work Order Following Disclosure Of More Discrepancies: This Following A DOE Report Saying Project Is Continuing Under "Good Science" (Nevada Observer article)
US Supreme Court

Campaign Finance

Campaign finance (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

"Incentive" Subsidies To Favored Corporations

"States and communities within states are being played against each other in a closed, nontransparent process, and the result is that selected, very large corporate entities are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies,' Orr said. 'That's depriving state and local governments of needed revenue and shifting tax burdens over to individuals and small businesses.'"

High court to consider legality of business-recruiting incentives (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Bureaucratic Torpor
JOHN L. SMITH: St. Jude's has room for troubled kids if bureaucracy would step aside (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Indian Reservation Gambling

"Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday said he wants to eliminate a procedure that enables Indian tribes to buy land outside their reservations to build casinos."

McCain seeks to revise tribal gaming act (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past
"Snowshoe" Thompson, The Mountain Expressman
Genoa celebrates life of local hero, 'Snowshoe' Thompson (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
From the archive: Following Snowshoe's steps -- Skiers retrace grueling Sierra crossing (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Updates For March 1, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Rep. Gibbons' Plan To End Sexual Predation
Gibbons hates perverts (Vegas Pundit website)
Gibbons calls for sex offender crackdown (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Eminent Domain Issues Coming To Surface For 2006 Election: Nevada And 40 Other States To Look At Eminent Domain Strictures (Nevada Observer article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Economic Development Roundtable
Economic Development: Laying the Groundwork for Nevada’s Future (Nevada Business Journal article)
Spiraling Growth
Build It And They Keep Coming, According To New Information: Fernley Among The Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada With 16,357 People (Nevada Observer article)
Tax Haul For December, 2005 Up 13.94 Percent Over Previous Year; Taxable Sales Up 8.7 Percent
Taxation Revenue Statistics - December 2005 (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Local Government
Churchill County

"But is the kind of unbridled growth some cities and counties are experiencing and evidently encouraging the best thing ever? Is just adding new people the only sign of prosperity for a community? Is a 19 percent population increase, such as what Fernley posted, manageable?"

Smart growth is better than any growth (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Clark County
Rising Construction Costs: Creative Solutions Needed (Nevada Business Journal article)
Douglas County
Commission to debate growth cap (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)
Lake Tahoe

"At the end of this year, Tahoe's system for distributing building rights, which fuels the region's development and real estate industry, will expire. And so far there's nothing to take its place."

Vow to avoid building moratorium (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Funds
Funds focus on basin watershed (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Energy Matters
Energy News: The Good And The Bad! Court Cases, Rate Cases, New Sources (Nevada Observer article)
Some Information Of Interest About All Those Rate Cases: Deferred Energy Filing -- What Is It? Here Is Background From PUC (Nevada Observer article)

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From The Neon Empire
Rumored Hard Rock Casino Sale
Gaming Insider: Colony to buy Hard Rock hotel? (Peter Hevener column, Gaming Today)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Ensign Testifies About "Junk Science" At Yucca Mountain (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Statement of Robert Loux, Executive Director, Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, Office of The Governor, Before The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (pdf format)
From The US Congress
Ensign Mourns Loss Of Nevada Soldier (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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Latest -- March 1, 2006

(For the regular March 1, 2006 Nevada News Digest and the update, just keep scrolling down. )

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Nevada Gets Another "F" For Disclosure -- Got One In 2003 And Legislature Killed Reform Attempts
Report: Not much disclosure by NV lobbyists (Nevada AP article)

Center for Public Integrity Website

Lobby Watch Report

Nevada Report (2003)

Lobby Law Changes Since 2003 (Nevada had none)

Dean Heller's Refusal To Investigate Undisclosed Legislative Comps
SoS Kicks Ticket-gate Can Down the Road (Chuck Muth column, Battle-Born News)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

You say created, we say chartered (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
2006 Governor's Race
Titus renews call for sex offender crackdown (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government
AG's Investigation Of That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
Walters documents released (Vegas Pundit website)
Related Story
Royal Links Investigation Heating Up - City Accused Of Stonewalling: AG's Investigators Suggest New Charges In Letters To The City; Goodman Furious (Nevada Observer article)
Canadian Pharmaceuticals
Nevada's Canadian drug import plan moves ahead (Nevada AP story)

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March 2, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Legislators, Public Officials Don't Obey Them And The Secretary Of State Won't Enforce Them
State given failing grade on its lobbyist disclosure laws: Nevada ties with Idaho in 38th place with score of 53 out of 100 (Nevada AP article)
SoS Kicks Ticket-gate Can Down the Road (Chuck Muth column, Battle-Born News)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race

"A former Las Vegas city councilwoman who was recalled amid charges she falsified campaign finance disclosures says she is almost certain she'll run for statewide office."

Moncrief weighs run for lieutenant governor: Former City Council member 'getting very certain' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Nevada GOP chairman to expand rule targeting impeached official (Nevada AP article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Evolution Initiative

Let educators handle curricula (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
2006 Governor's Race
Gibbons calls for tougher laws to track sex offenders (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
AG Investigation Into Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal

"The net result (of selling the land to Walters) would be that the City would receive the $800,000 purchase price but would lose $1.7 million in water fees. The situation can also be viewed as the Walters Group receiving the property free from the City, together with an additional $900,000 in free water."

Memos on Walters deal raise red flags (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas City Council And Public Disclosure Of Memos Documenting Waste, Misconduct
ERIN NEFF: The gigantic wall of secrecy (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Canadian Pharmaceuticals
Board approves regulations allowing Nevadans to acquire prescription drugs from Canada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Canadian drug program will begin by May (Nevada Appeal* article)
State Tax Haul
Another double-digit percentage gain in Nevada sales (Nevada AP article)
Conflict Of Interest
TV reporter's plan to operate private coach on V&T hits snag (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Longtime Jurist Retiring
Judge Griffin retiring next year: Nevada's most senior district judge to step down (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local Government
Clark County
Developing Attraction
Downtown acreage attracts flock of developers (Las Vegas Sun article)
Sleazy Payday Loan Operations
Industry on borrowed time: Henderson, NLV target loan stores (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County
Government Tax Subsidies: Casino Taxes Lowered; Those Of Residents Increased

"Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said he's frustrated that the casinos keep getting their taxes lowered while the city has been doing so much to help them, and questions how many times the casinos 'get a bite at the apple.'"

Downtown's redevelopment takes hit from devalued casinos: Reno mayor says he's frustrated by casinos' low taxes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Gaming officials say worst is over, profits now stable (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Some Residential Rollbacks
County board rolls back some Incline property taxes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Sparks Government Feels Pinched
Sparks feels hard-hit by population boom, tax cap (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Let's end the north-south war, chancellor says (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Drop the plan to ban rap (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca Mountain backers get assurance: DOE official says new research no distraction (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Yucca plays D.C. (Las Vegas Sun article)
EPA: Yucca radiation standards to be completed by year's end (Nevada AP article)
Federal Lands
Change to land sales law discussed: Lawmaker: States deserve to have say (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public on hold as B-29 looters dive in: Park Service prepares to open Lake Mead site (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions
JANE ANN MORRISON: U.S. attorney's office has two strikes with another hardball case on way (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Updates for March 2, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
New Poll Shows Titus Barely Ahead Of Gibson In Democratic Party Primary
Gibson v Titus poll results (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
One at a time (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 US Senate Race
Carter visits Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Nevada Voting

The problem of Multiple Election Days

 Carlin to lobby two ways on elections (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal

"Memos from Deputy City Attorneys John Redlein and Tom Green portray the 1997 lease and the 1999 purchase of the property as one sweetheart deal after another for Walters, who is pushing the city to lift a 'permanent' deed restriction so he can build homes on the property."

A little more illumination (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Death Of A Soldier
Governor Comments On Loss Of Nevada Soldier (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Local Government
Churchill County
Courthouse Makeover
Commission to take up courthouse remodel, water issues today (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Those Nazi Leaflets
Fallon should embrace Hispanic community (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
County Sales Revenue
2005 ends with strong taxable sales figures (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Elko County
Energetic
Meadow Valley Ranchos: Partnership delivers electricity (Elko Free Press article)
Nye County
Filling Vacant Chairs
Commission appoints officials (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Nye's Town Nabobs Meet
Nye town leaders gather in Beatty (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Development Approved Over Neighbors' Objections
Meadows plan irks residents (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Senior Center Funded
County comes through for its senior citizens (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Utility Rate Hikes
Fish Lake Valley has a different take on power hikes (David Sweetman column, Pahrump Valley Times)

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March 3, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Heller Acted On Newspaper Reports In 2004; Refuses To Act In 2006

"Compared with the money lawmakers can spend in mere minutes on programs that lack constitutional authorization -- compared with the bushels of special-interest loot they harvest legally as campaign contributions -- a handful of $500 tickets are no big deal. But filing inaccurate contribution and expense reports was a big deal two years ago -- as it still should be. Or doesn't Mr. Heller remember?"

Unreported freebies (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Heller's Rejection Of Citizen Complaint
SoS Kicks Ticket-gate Can Down the Road (Chuck Muth column, Battle-Born News)
2006 Governor's Race
Culinary not yet on Titus' dance card: Union takes an early pass on governor race (Las Vegas Sun article)
State And Local Political Overview
Jon Ralston pulls no punches on the race for governor, guilt by association and the Walters mess (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Taxation
 Counties Approach The Problem Of Property Valuation In Seventeen Different Ways

"The Taxation Department was told Thursday every assessor in the state is interpreting the rules for determining property values differently and that they should require assessors to all use the same methods."

Tax officials urged to tighten, standardize assessment rules (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada Department Of Transportation
Freeway Resentment
Resentment brews over Carson City freeway (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
From The Nevada Supreme Court
Private Projects Funded Through Public Economic Development Bonds Not "Public Works" For Purposes Of Prevailing Wage Act
Carson-Tahoe Hosp. v. Bldg. & Constr. Trades
Related Stories
Court reverses wage ruling: Justice: Hospital not public project (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Court ruling narrows scope of Nevada's prevailing wage law (Nevada AP article)
Other Cases
High court rejects appeal in Las Vegas murder case (Nevada AP article)
Reno man returns to jail after state supreme court reverses judge's ruling (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Local homelessness focus of supervisors (Nevada Appeal* article)
Carson City committed to reducing chronic homelessness (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Clark County
Economic Opportunity Board Funding
County commissioners to weigh $250,000 bailout (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
County will consider an EOB bailout: $250,000 sought to pay bills (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County
Special Tax Relief: Bet You Wish You Had Some

"Unfortunately, the impact of the successful redevelopment projects has yet to be felt at the hotel-casinos, which have seen their assessed values fall as much as one-third based on the properties' decreasing profits. (Unlike homes, on which assessments are based on reconstruction costs and the market value of land, commercial properties are assessed according to the business they generate.)"

Testing the city's patience (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Reno Urban Development
Virginia Street narrowing project raises questions: Downtown property, business owners concerned about traffic, transportation (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
Government Reigns Supreme
Man loses bid to keep antique fire trucks on Steamboat property (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Cutting The Cake
BOARD OF REGENTS: Wish lists examined -- State's colleges, universities seek share of $375 million for building projects (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Take What You Get, And No Grumbling Either
Chancellor condemns UNR-UNLV bickering (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
University Medical Center
Academic med center compromise forming (Las Vegas Sun article)
Bloated Salaries
Base Salary Increased From $342,000/ Year To $360,000 
Ault to get $18,000 raise under new contract deal (Nevada AP article)
Public Schools
Declining Standards And Performance
Raggio decries education gaps: Senate leader says solution lies in insistence on 'innovative' programs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Carson City School District
Dissident Teacher Joe Enge Gone

"Joe Enge, a history teacher at Carson High School who in spring 2005 alleged that the Carson City School District was not providing early American History education in accordance with state standards, is no longer teaching at Carson High School."

History teacher leaves district (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County School District
Students Protest Policies
High schoolers stage walkout: Students complain of discrimination at Green Valley High (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Student walkout raises questions: Uneven treatment of minorities claimed (Las Vegas Sun article)
Teacher Recruitment
School district recruiters reach out to get teachers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
"Sharing" Talks For SNWA's Suction Scheme
Water authority leaders to discuss sharing plan in Ely: Today's talks expected to start long process (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
It Won't Cost That Much. Really.
Yucca Mountain repository costs may drop after new review (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Federal Land Sales
Western senators oppose land sale changes: Interior secretary says spending cuts needed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
In The US Supreme Court
An Unusual Argument: Government Subsidies Of Favored Corporations Actually The Product Of A Free Market
Business tax incentives: Ohio case could have widespread ramifications (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Medicare Contradictions
Cutting off Canadian drugs: Recent U.S. crackdown on imports of Canadian prescription drugs coincides with lagging enrollment in a new Medicare drug program that many find confusing (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Culture
The Prevaricative Art
Convincing liars encouraged to enter contest in Yerington (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
As A Pastime From Nevada's Past

Fred Hart, The Sazerac Lying Club (1878) [pdf] Part 1; Part 2

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March 4, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
PROPOSED SPENDING LIMITATIONS: Petition's explanation OK'd -- Judge paves way for circulation of document (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Maddox clears way for tax initiative to start petition drive (Nevada Appeal* article)
Beers: Plan to petition to limit spending in Nevada will stand (Nevada AP article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
More Apologia For Augustine
The Adams Family of Republicans (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
2006 Local Races
Nye County
County Manager May Seek Position As County Commissioner
A candidate we can finally hang our hat on (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)
Washoe County
Former Mayor, Congressional Candidate Running For Sparks Municipal Court Judge
Spoo, back in the headlines. But not really. (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Clark County
Economic Opportunity Board Bailout
EOB: a bottomless pit -- Nonprofit should not receive another dime of tax revenue (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Gangster Rap Music
Get Lost: Sheriff Young Says Gangsta Rap Should Not Be Part of Vegas (Las Vegas Weekly column)
Elko County
Two, Not One
Wendovers merger plan may be dead (Nevada AP article)
Elko Airport
Air traffic control hours reduced (Elko Free Press article)
Lyon County
Senior Center Squabble
Three Senior Center Board members recalled: Charges of bylaws violations levied by both sides (Mason Valley News article)
Nye County
Angry Meeting
Customers grill Valley Electric (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Incorporation
Incorporation key to valley's future (L.J. Doby column, Pahrump Valley Times)
Washoe County
Incline Village Says No
Time share re-zoning denied (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Change Of Responsibility
Sierra Forest fire district could merge: Takeover from state gives county more say in future of foothills service (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
White Pine County
A City's Censure
Council censures mayor for harassing workers (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Student Walk-Out
Making strides in growing up: High school students staged a walkout to protest unfair treatment of minority students (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Symbolic Change
Looking to the future with a new logo (Las Vegas Sun article)
Lyon County School District
More And More
Lyon school enrollment hits 8,873 (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Douglas County Sustainable Growth Initiative Committee
Initiative backers host water conference (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Preemptive Perfection
County files water rights applications (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
It's Still Happening
DOE: Yucca money won't be diverted -- Radiation exposure standards lowered for Nye County (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Wait For It
UNTIL YUCCA GETS LICENSED: Nuke waste staying put -- Bodman: No plans to move material (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Court Awards Damages For Yucca Delays
DOE DOA due to TVA (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Congressional Hearings
Porter might meet at proposed dump site (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Statement of Senator Harry Reid About Yucca Mountain Oversight Hearing (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Back From Surgery
Anti-Yucca attorney recovering (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada Test Site
Above-ground tests in 1950s-60s still cause major health issue fallout (Associated Press article)
Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Funds
The BMP quandary (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Dirty Anaconda
EPA could be nearing mine site security solution (Mason Valley News article)
Las Vegas Corruption Trials
Judge announces Aug. 29 trial date for Malone (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Indian Troubles
Seeking even imperfect justice: American Indians and federal officials are urging Congress to settle a yearslong dispute over unpaid natural resources royalties by picking a number and picking up the tab (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Law Enforcement Funding
Gibbons Announces Award of Over $1.8 Million for Law Enforcement Efforts in Nevada (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Federal Fire Fighting Funds Available
Ensign Encourages Fire Departments To Apply For Grants (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Health Information Technology Bill
Porter Introduces Health Information Technology Legislation (Rep. Porter Press Release)

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Vanishing Nevada
Reno Missing Another Chance To Preserve Its Past
City of lost opportunity (Reno News & Review* editorial)
Northern Nevada Railway Reconstruction
City completes NNRy right of way sale (Ely Times article)
Tropicana To Topple
JANE ANN MORRISON: Trop's topsy-turvy past dilutes nostalgia amid property's uncertain future (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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Nevada's Past
Pahrump Museum And Historical Society
History shows future is bright (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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March 5, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 US Senate Race
ERIN NEFF: Carter country: Dad's opinions may not help son (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
2006 Governor's Race
Amazing . . . (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News Blog)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Teaching Evolution Initiative
Nevada's anti-evolution revolution: The debate raging nationwide heats up in Nevada with a proposed constitutional amendment requiring teachers to instruct students there are many questions about evolution (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Area religious leaders wary of proposed amendment (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Ethics Reform
The Backsliding Begins In Congress; In Nevada, We Don't Even Enforce The Existing Wretched Laws
Congress dodging ethics reform: In contrast to their zeal two months ago, leaders are backing away from meaningful change (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
The Rural Vote
Rural voters no easy sell for Dems (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2008 Democratic Primary Schedule Still Up In The Air
Democrats may change primary calendar: Nevada among states considered to hold early contest in '08 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
The First Amendment

Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

THOMAS MITCHELL: Eroding 'without our notice' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Gangster Rap Controversy
GEOFF SCHUMACHER: With free speech, we must take bad with the good (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Thug Lite (Presley Vance Conkle column, Las Vegas CityLife)
What are you thinking (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)
Hip-Hop History 101: Panel discussion stays away from gangster rap controversy, hits on other important topics (Las Vegas CityLife article)
History of the N-word (Chip Mosher column, Las Vegas CityLife)
The Rights Of Peaceable Assembly And Protest
JOHN L. SMITH: Casinos, cops, commissioners still don't see sidewalks as public places (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Free Speech Chilled In Circle Park (Emmily Bristol column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Speech And Lawyer Advertising
Step right up, he's The Heavy Hitter -- Bar shouldn't go too far editing attorney ads (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
'Heavy Hitter' will sue: State Bar contends nickname misleading (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Another Variation On The Theme
Note to judge leads to criminal trial (Las Vegas Sun article)
State Government
Psychopathic Gambling
The odds on funding of problem gambling (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Nevada's Prevailing Wage Law
'Prevailing wage' oppression (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
State Courts
Washoe County Controversy
Questions arise over judge selection in Nugget embezzlement case (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Related Story
Lawyer arrested on charges of embezzling more than $3 million (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Clark County Poll
Lawyers asked to rate judges: Survey aims to provide feedback to judges, provide objective measure of their performance (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Local Government
Clark County
Paying The Police
NEW POLICE CONTRACT: Strong pay gets stronger -- Arbitrator picks management's wage proposal over union's (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Arbitrator sides with Clark County (Vegas Pundit website)
Elko County
Bigger Signs
Changes seen for Elko signs (Elko Free Press article)
Lyon County
Biggest Little City
Fernley's population grows by 18.7 percent (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
No Help For It
Lyon, Storey still pursuing federal funding for road (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Governor to inherit education cushion: Guinn's successor will have $100 mil. (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nominations of teachers sought (Nevada Appeal* article)
Carson City School District
Carson High School Board (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News Blog)
Elko County School District
Middle school will change Elko configurations (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Mining
Heavy price for gold (Las Vegas Sun article)
No new laws seen for mines (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Journalism
Two Publishers Express Themselves
Road Rage: From Freeway Resentment To Secessionist Threats
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Nevada divided by bridge, road and a few racists (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Do You Hear Me, Boy?
Brian Greenspun takes Review-Journal's John L. Smith to task over recent column (Las Vegas Sun column)

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Federal Nevada
The US Constitution Does Not Empower Public Officials To Torture Anyone -- Not Others, And Not You
We don't torture, except ...: Bush administration is using everything in its power to get around an anti-torture law (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
The Annotated Constitution of the United States (US Government Printing Office)
The Constitution Society Website
Learning From Louisiana
Disaster response team in chaos (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Federal Lands
Environmentalists seek grazing halt: BLM pondering water rights on three northern Elko County allotments (Elko Free Press article)

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March 6, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Citizen Responds To Secretary Of State Heller's Refusal To Enforce Them

"First, there is nothing 'alleged' or 'purported' about this matter. Many of the legislators involved have openly and publicly ADMITTED to failing to properly report the gifts in question, and some specifically amended their reports to your office after the matter became public. Your office need not rely on "media articles" to see that (a) reports submitted to your office have been amended, (b) the value of the identical gifts received often differ from one legislator to the next, (c) the number of tickets received often differ from the number of tickets reported on those reports, including those which have been amended, and (d) the reports fail to include the value of the private VIP cocktail reception legislators received in addition to the tickets."

Still no sympathy for these devils (Vegas Pundit Website)
2006 US Senate Race
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP peace candidate challenging Ensign -- 63-year-old sought offices in Michigan before moving here (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race

"Indeed, Ms. Augustine still has every right to file for public office. And she doesn't need the permission of party brass to file as a Republican -- nor should she. But members of a political party also have a right to determine where they're willing to devote their financial resources. And Ms. Augustine is displaying an astonishing degree of arrogance by attending GOP events and pretending she still holds some degree of stature and integrity within the state party."

Party support (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

"The Beers initiative -- also known as the Tax and Spending Control in Nevada measure -- would not stop government growth. It would only acknowledge that there are limits as to how much private sector wealth state and local governments may confiscate. Despite the implications to the contrary, public sector spending would continue to increase rapidly ever year even if voters approved the initiative."

Spending measure petition a go: But watch out for more lawsuits from big government backers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Judge gives spending initiative the thumbs up (Las Vegas Business Press* article)
A Look Back At Politics Past
Vucanovich memoir: 'You have to like people' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
At The Gaming Control Board, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished By ACLU
ERIN NEFF: Debate on gaming security letter affirms old lesson -- Timing is everything (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Local Government
Churchill County
Nervous About Suction Schemes
Churchill County approves funds for water studies (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Cultural Grants
Council reels in $30,000 to advance Churchill County arts (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Clark County
Urban Renewal Project
All systems are go for 'Fremont East': City refurbishing rundown area to become hub of nightlife in valley (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Paying The Police
A 21.85 percent solution: Police pay hike muted by other funding needs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Douglas County
Sustained Growth Initiative

"'The five of us (commissioners) can't wave a magic wand and make everyone happy,' he said. 'And we can't keep going on this way. We have other formidable issues facing us, like interbasin transfers of water and water quality. Nothing could help us more with respect to these future challenges than solving this problem.'"

County calls for cooperation on growth cap (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Storey County
Storey couple are stalwarts of county government: With a combined 39 years in county government soon behind them, pair says the future includes travel and fishing (Nevada Appeal* article)
Washoe County
New Light On Land Grab
Annex Now, Plan Later Approach A Mask For "Slash And Burn" Development Schemes

"But even if every sustainable water source between Reno and the Oregon line in Washoe County could somehow be tapped, there would be water for only 60 percent of the population envisioned for that area in the next century."

Growth plans exceed local water supply: Known sources can sustain only 60 percent of projected population (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Citizens Wait For Court Decision On County Tax Grab Practices
Property tax rollbacks closer (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada's Environment
A Different Kind Of Development
Biologist calls for habitat protection at Nevada convention (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Conservation program reforms under way: County's plan to eliminate conflicts of interest under review by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Excellence Rewarded
Leader in dinosaur extinction theory wins DRI's Nevada Medal (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Not Enough Room
Cyberclasses short of seats: CCSN turns away 20,000 (Las Vegas Sun article)
Big Construction Plans Look Like Budget-Busters
Campuses swell wish list for new buildings beyond system budget (Las Vegas Sun article)
Public Schools
Short Attention Span Theater
Millennials spur teaching change: New technique caters to short attention spans (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Neon Empire
Home Means Nevada
Wynn-fall: LV Strip king scores in Macau (Las Vegas Sun article)
Wynn: Deal is good for Macau (Las Vegas Sun article)
Wynn cashes in on Macau license (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Workers Fearful About Job Security In An Age Of Casino Transition
As Strip hotels sink, workers will try to stay afloat (Las Vegas Sun article)
Eying The Competition
Jeff Simpson says Suncoast and Rampart don't fear opening of $1 billion resort: Competitors not scared of Red Rock (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Getting to the bottom of Yucca Mountain: 860-ton drill a monument to waste? (Las Vegas Sun article)
Radiation standards a farce: Government scientists say with straight faces that Yucca can be safe for 300,000 years (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Food Safety Standards
Don't undermine food safety: State officials concerned about legislation undermining state consumer warnings (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Federal Budget
Nevada veterans take to Capitol Hill to air budget complaints (Nevada AP article)
The Budget Up Close And Personal (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Patriot Act
Why cast a vote for a meaningless Patriot Act? (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)

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Nevada's Past
Get Up, Stand Up
State museums attracting fewer and fewer patrons (Nevada AP article)
Preservation Efforts
Further renovations expected at courthouse (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Updates For March 6, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Won't Investigate Legislators' Non-Disclosures
The Secretary of State’s Double Standard (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Some Background
Republicrats in State Assembly (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)
2006 Political Miscellany
Unions, Titus and more (Steve Sebelius Column, Las Vegas CityLife)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
More Apologia For Augustine
GOP Chair Defends A-Bomb Attack (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Federal Lobbying Reform
Reid: Democrats Committed To Reforming Congress (Sen. Reid Press Release)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Fundraiser Location Owned By Lobby Firm Which Has Two Clients Who Support Yucca Dump Project  

Jon Ralston offers advice to keep Dawn Gibbons from sticking her foot in her mouth (Jon Ralston column, Las Vegas Sun)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Latest Unemployment Statistics
Nevada Enjoying Low Unemployment And The Highest Job Growth In Years (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
Mayors caught enriching crony in "Honey pot estates" scam (Steve Miller column, AmericanMafia.com)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Underlying Yucca Mountain: The Interplay of Geology and Policy in Nuclear Waste Disposal (Social Studies of Science, 2003 - pdf format)

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Latest - March 6, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
In Business Q and A: Dina Titus, State senator, D-Las Vegas (In Business Las Vegas interview)
2006 Local Elections

City And County Of Carson

Noel Waters To Apply For District Court Judgeship
Carson District Attorney won't seek re-election (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
State: Sparks official's contribution report OK (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
Privileged city secrets (Jon Ralston column, In Business Las Vegas)

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Nevada Education Matters
Guinn wants $100 million for failing schools (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Federal Lobby Reform
Money in politics: It's not just corrupt, it's time-consuming (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Government Subsidies Of Favored Corporations
Current US Supreme Court Case
End of incentives would help diversification (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
UNLV scientists work on nuclear waste reduction: Program expands as DOE funds research to alleviate storage woes (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Is this what we'll face with Yucca Mountain? (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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Nevada Mining
Mercury Pollution in Nevada Being Ignored (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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March 7, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES: Plans target molesters -- Gibbons, Titus want additional monitoring (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Gibbons announces plan to manage convicted sex offenders (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 US Senate Race
Challenger to Sen. Ensign in primary is no political novice (Nevada AP article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
ERIN NEFF: Initiative fever (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
2006 Local Races
City And County Of Carson
DA applying for judgeship: With move, Noel Waters announces he isn't running for re-election (Nevada Appeal* article)
DA Waters aims to become judge, not seeking re-election (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Racist Groups Recruiting
White power recruiting increases: Billboard battle sparks interest (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Getting Bigger And Bigger
Growing state government (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Mining And Mercury Pollution

State Environmental Commission

State panel sets hearing on mercury (Elko Free Press article)
Related Commentary
Heavy price for gold (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Say Goodbye To That Sorry Shack
Smiles and jokes as happy workers move out of Kinkead: Department of Human Services' move delayed until fall (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada's Firefighting Flocks Move Into Action
Sheep to stomp out flammable cheatgrass (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
Clark County
The First Amendment In Clark County
No picnic this time: Woman cited for feeding too many homeless (Las Vegas Sun article)
Paying The Police
Sheriff says police in 'better shape' under new deal: After union's defeat, Young urges moving on (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Police contract approved: But it's time to fix the system (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Henderson Police Chief Resigns
Henderson police chief resigns after short tenure (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
A short but rocky run in Henderson:  Kerstein calls it quits after just seven months on job (Las Vegas Sun article)
Emergency Overrides
City ordinance would allow emergency zoning overrides (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
Yielding The Right Of Way
Casino seeks right-of-way (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County
"Developing" Stories
Annexation Angst: Put The Issue To A Popular Vote
Group advises delaying expansion vote: Yearlong series of public workshops suggested as well (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Leery Of Five-Story Condo Quintet Proposal
Neighbors still wary of new Positano plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Short-Circuiting The System

"Overriding the normal procedure without the defense attorney's knowledge or input, and failing to consider available and qualified judges set off all the alarms. To the system-watchers, the screech sounded louder and longer because the case assignment was made two days before the case entered the court."

Legal shortcuts trip alarm (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
It's About Time
Flood plan is moving forward (Naomi S. Duerr column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: Plan for struggling schools on tap -- Rulffes will work with teacher, administrator unions (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Rulffes doing some Cabinet shuffling: New schools superintendent creating new jobs (Las Vegas Sun article)
Elko County School District
Changing Grades (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Energy secretary's statement retracted by White House: Bodman said nuclear waste would stay at power plants until Yucca repository licensed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
$kindustry Vice Lord Arrested: Allegedly Tried To Bribe Nye County Commissioner
CORRUPTION CASE: Brothel owner charged -- Federal indictment alleges Richards bribed commissioner (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Brothel owner in Nevada faces federal corruption charge (Nevada AP article)
Joe Richards faces federal bribery charge (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

[Sorry; no press release on local US Attorney website]

Feds Move To Shut Down Abusive Tax Preparers
Justice Department Sues To Block Alleged Sham-trust Tax Scam Said To Have Cost Treasury An Estimated $31 Million (US Department of Justice Press Release)
Federal prosecutors sue Nevada tax preparers for fraud (Nevada AP article)
US Supreme Court Backs On-Campus Military Recruitment

Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc.

Related Story
Unanimous Supreme Court ruling gives military recruiters a victory (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire
Wynn shares sharply higher after selling some Macau casino rights (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past
Odd Artifacts
Rocks beget treasures - or not: Archaeologist is the 'initial screener' for next amazing discovery (Nevada Appeal* article)
Resurrecting A Railroad

"The $40 million V&T project is expected to be completed in 2009. Tourists will ride the 18 miles between Carson City and Virginia City by 2010."

With phase 1 completed, V&T commission looks to renovate rail cars: Some money saved; a new problem discovered (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Updates For March 7, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Costs Of Campaigning
As heard on radio... (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Governor's Race
Affordable campaigning (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Teaching Evolution Initiative
Origins of life theory initiative goes too far (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Getting Bigger And Bigger
Operation Offset for Nevada (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Tax Director Stepping Down

"The Department of Taxation administers the collection of nearly 4 billion dollars annually in state and local government revenue from 19 different taxes."

Executive Director of Department Of Taxation Retiring (Gov Guinn Press Release)
Local Government
Washoe County
County Manager Allegedly Told Employees To Watch What They Said To TV Reporters
The Eddie Floyd / Richard Gammick show (Frank Fiasco column, Reno Independent Media Center)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Churchill County School District

"Churchill County High School Principal John Riley recently challenged a report from the Nevada System of Higher Education that shows 59 percent of Fallon graduates in 2005 needed remedial classes when they entered college. The state average for that period was 40 percent."

CCHS principal disputes state study on college remediation figures (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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March 8, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Nevada GOP chairman not backing away from candidate criticism (Nevada AP article)
2006 Legislative Races
State Senate, Clark No. 5

Sandra Tiffany

"The Ethics Commission investigation found that beyond the original complaint, 'additional instances emerged which appeared to indicate a pattern of conduct ... in which she (Tiffany) likely used her position in government for personal or financial gain.'"

Tiffany faces ethics hearing (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State Sen. Tiffany faces ethics hearing: 20 allegations levied against lawmaker (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada state senator faces ethics review (Nevada Appeal* article)
Related Story
Twenty-Seven Legislators With No Voluntary Financial Disclosure Statements On Nevada Secretary Of State Website (Nevada Observer article)
2006 Local Elections
City And County Of Carson
Carson assessor says he'll seek second term (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Clark County

"Las Vegas police searched Clark County Recorder Frances Deane's office and home Tuesday, confiscating boxes of documents as part of an investigation into allegations of misconduct and fraudulent appropriation of property by Deane."

CLARK COUNTY RECORDER: Deane's records seized -- Police suspect businesses paid to get documents (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Washoe County
Sparks city councilman Salerno to seek re-election (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Sparks justice of the peace announces re-election bid (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Nevada Attorney General's Office

"Mexico imports more than 250 metric tons of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine annually, while the country's legitimate uses for the chemicals in legal medications are limited to only 50 metric tons, Chanos said, citing figures given to state officials by the White House this week."

Bush urged to get tough on meth imports from Mexico: Chanos calls for action against firms overseas that supply 'superlabs' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada's Death Highway

"The once wide-open southwest Las Vegas Valley is now a hodgepodge of residential developments lacking in parks and open spaces, commercial corridors, curbs, lighting, traffic signals and drainage and flood-control basins. But the pièce de résistance of the area's poor planning is state Route 160."

Carnage on Blue Diamond Road -- Poor planning, rapid growth take toll in southwest valley (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Local Government
Clark County
Freedom Of Speech And Clark County
The worst ticket in town: Resident cited for feeding homeless people in a Las Vegas park discovers that even when charity begins at home it still needs a permit (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Let the residents speak: County's mobile home park redevelopment meetings should remain open to the public despite advocates' fears that a large gathering could be cumbersome (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
DUI Project Scrapped
DUI project collides with law: DA stops program that offered counseling, monitoring for third-time offenders (Las Vegas Sun article)
EOB Funded
Agency hears jeers, gets $250,000: Commissioners approve grant for Equal Opportunity Board after criticizing its management (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Purged President Speaks
Harter explains 'choice': UNLV president tells of decision to resign (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Tough Job
UNLV presidents' jobs haven't been easy (Las Vegas Sun article)
Going Up
College building approved: Facility for Nevada State College (Las Vegas Sun article)
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
Retirement buy-outs back on school board agenda (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Clark County School District
No later schedule yet for teens: Parents of elementary school students don't want start times changed (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County School District
Charter school fights to keep doors open (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire

"The National Council on Problem Gambling kicked off an education campaign this week by noting that 2 percent to 3 percent of Americans - or about 6 to 9 million adults - have gambling problems."

Problem gambling worse than thought: Figures are bad news for casino industry (Las Vegas Sun article)
National Council on Problem Gambling

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Nevada Utilities
Sempra Energy halts Gerlach project study (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters
There's plenty of water this year for Fallon farmers (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada Labor
Carpenters union protest sparks 'bannering' debate (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Congress won't act on Yucca legislation this year, senator says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nye County Corruption Case

"'It's about time they get him. He offered me money two or three times, and I went to the FBI and got the cold shoulder,' said McRae, who served on the commission from 1991 through 2002, several of those years as chairman."

TALK OF PAHRUMP: Ex-official sees pattern of bribery -- Former commissioner says he told FBI about brothel owner in '90s (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Patriot Act
House Renews USA Patriot Act; Bush to Sign (Nevada AP article)
Unlimited Secret Detentions
Extend rights to detainees: Documents reveal need to extend basic judicial rights to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Line Item Veto Bill
Spending veto (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Internal Revenue Service
IRS changes procedures for reporting Nevada rebate (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada's Past
Red Rock
Ancient area, new exhibits: Changes at Red Rock Visitors Center celebrated (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
That Old Church
Old church could get new lease on life (Nevada Appeal* article)
Resurrecting A Railroad
The end of the rails (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Updates For March 8, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada Doesn't Need Corrupt Politicians: Dump Them And Clean Up This State

"It’s admirable that Republican Party Chairman Adams wishes to uphold the highest ethical standards for his party’s candidates, and I know he’s well-intentioned. But at this rate there might not be any GOP candidates left for him to support by November 7."

That Culture of Corruption (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
New GOP Poll Shows DeStefano Over Augustine By Ten Points, 2/3 Of Republican Voters Undecided

New Poll in GOP Treasurer Race (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)

Democratic Candidate Kate Marshall

An uncharacteristic glance down-ticket (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Teaching Evolution Initiative
Man seeks to force teachers to question theory of evolution (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada
From The US Congress
Lobby Reform
Democrats Are Fighting For The Reform Americans Deserve (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Reid: There's More Work To Be Done To Clean Up Washington (Sen. Reid Press Release)
Tax Reform
Ensign Touts Economy, Importance Of Tax Relief In Senate Floor Speech (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Criminal Justice
Gibbons Supports Bills to Bolster Nevada's Law Enforcement: Methamphetamine Abuse and Sex Offenders Addressed by Congress (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Porter Secures Two Legislative Victories With Passage Of The "Children's Safety And Violent Crime Reduction Act" (Rep. Porter Press Release)
Nye County Corruption Case

"There are indications this development is just the tip of the iceberg. According to a source close to the case, FBI special agents have spoken with at least two other county commissioners and one town board member and his wife."

Bribery, Wire Fraud Charges: Joe Richards Stung By FBI (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Heidi Fleiss Wants Bigger Bribes (Richard Abowitz column, LA Times Blog)
Brothel Sting by the FBI Nets Senior Citizen (Richard Abowitz column, LA Times Blog)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Nevada's 1990 Abortion Referendum
Nevada's insulation from the vagaries of U.S. abortion laws (Dennis Myers column, Pahrump Valley Times)
Local Government
Douglas County
Minden Town Board Decision: $13,000 Per Acre Foot
Water price tied to home value (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Nye County
The Strange Case Of The Ballarat Bandit
Canadian authorities baffled by 'Bandit's' exploits in the West (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Going Up
Ambulance fee increases OK'd (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Proposed Emergency Services Tax
Fire chief spells out uses for proposed tax (Pahrump Valley Times article)
An Author Looks At Pahrump
Schumacher sees 'old' Vegas in Pahrump (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Washoe County
Urban Renewal District To Stretch From Keystone To Wells, I-80 To California Avenue
Reno council OKs major downtown changes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Incline Lake
IVGID to decide on lake purchase (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Lake Tahoe
Catch pond falls short of expectations in survey (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Latest - March 8, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Judge's Order On TASC Language
The TASC language (Vegas Pundit website)

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Nevada Education Matters
What Chancellor Rogers Is Looking For In The Next UNLV President
What Jim likes (Vegas Pundit website)

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From The Neon Empire
Sports Betting And College Basketball
Say it ain't so! (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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March 9, 2006

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Corruption? In Nevada?
New Revelations In Clark County Recorder Case

"Clark County Recorder Fran Deane received more than $140,000 from local businessman and Republican political activist Monty Miller for early access to sensitive documents, sources said Wednesday."

Clark County Recorder: Sources: Activist bought access -- More than $140,000 paid for early look at sensitive documents (John L. Smith and Adrienne Packer article, Las Vegas Review-Journal*)
Our least-effective elected official: The embarrassment continues for Recorder Frances Deane (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Recorder's office needs change: As another investigation starts, we call again for recorder to be appointed, not elected (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Clark County recorder on paid leave during investigation (Nevada AP article)

Previous Ethics Case (from Ethics Commission website - pdf format)

Stipulation and Opinion in 2004 Ethics Case Against Frances Deane

2004 Deane Ethics Case: Executive Director's Report and Recommendations

2004 Deane Ethics Case: Panel Determination

Background
Biography Of Frances Deane (Clark County Recorder's website)
Corruption Is Bipartisan Problem, Not Sex-Specific
JANE ANN MORRISON: Male or female, politicians have equal opportunity to do wrong (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Deane, Tiffany incidents might give Democrats election edge (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Legislative Ethics Charges
Tiffany: Data available to all -- State senator defends herself against ethics panel charges (Las Vegas Sun article)
Case could raise questions for Legislature (Nevada Appeal* article)

Current Ethics Case (from Ethics Commission website - pdf format)

2006 Tiffany Ethics Case: Executive Director's Report and Recommendations

2006 Tiffany Ethics Case: Panel Determination

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Et Tu, Oscar?

"Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has no plans to release any financial information related to his political action committee - and he might not have to."

Mayor finds way to fit through loophole (Las Vegas Sun article)
Anjeanette Damon Catch-up
A vacation recap (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Governor's Race
Doesn't Like Rep. Gibbons
60 Nevada scientists agree: Jim Gibbons "inconsistent with biologically defensible principles" (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Really Likes Dina Titus
ERIN NEFF: Team Titus is on the ball (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Kate Marshall
Kate Marshall has at least 82 Supporters (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
Where's Your Website, Kate?
Kate Marshall Biography (State Democratic Party website)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
Backers of petition finally set to begin signature drive: 83,184 names must be gathered by June 20 (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Construction Defects And The State Supreme Court
Building their cases: Legislation sought to clarify whether home defects can be grouped in class action (Las Vegas Sun article)
Local Government
Churchill County
The Potholes Of Fallon
Pothole patching keeps crews busy all year (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Keep It Clean
Pitch in and help keep Fallon green (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Clark County
Loss Of Federal Funding
Funding cuts taking toll: Wars hurting community programs (Las Vegas Sun article)
Scrapped DUI Program
DUI court suggested as replacement for suspended program: Las Vegas justices of peace requesting court opinion (Las Vegas Sun article)
Elko County
Will East Meet West?
Wendover annexation doomed (Elko Free Press article)
Wendover annexation alive (Nevada AP article)
West Wendover says ‘yes’ to city complex (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County
Local Government Accountability Movement Making Headway
Government Land Grabs

"'This all happened in a courtroom or in a conference room behind closed doors,' Commissioner Marge Frandsen said. 'They absolutely drew lines in the sand without the knowledge of property owners involved. People in this region were left out entirely. But that's what we're all about. It's all about public process.'"

Commission delays regional growth plan until next year (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Government Tax Grabs

"'It's a huge victory,' said Maryanne Ingemanson, president of the Village League to Save Incline Assets.

Appeals panel OKs lower taxable values for some (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
City Of Reno
Massive Downtown Urban Renewal Project
Downtown moves forward: Zoning plan aims to meet needs of changing districts (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Rather Large

"Reno City Manager Charles McNeely received a $27,000 pay raise, a $13,000 bonus and twice as much vacation time during his annual performance review Wednesday by the City Council."

City Council recognizes city manager with thousand-dollar pay raise, bonus (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Purged UNLV President
An 'identity crisis': Regent chairman says criticism 'cuts to the core of the issue between Harter and Jim Rogers' (Las Vegas Sun article)
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
Hard To Hire
District finds few qualified applicants (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Elko County School District
Make Way For Youth
Option converting junior high to elementary school favored (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County School District
Too Late
Many voice disapproval of proposed school start times (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Fill It Up
Lake Lahontan on the rise, creeping westward (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Mining
Mercury Emissions
Airborne mercury emission regulations approved (Nevada AP article)
Mercury control program approved despite objections (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca Mountain construction won't start for 5 years, Bodman says (Nevada AP article)
Line-Item Veto Proposal

"The nation's political leadership in Washington, D.C., long ago gave up any pretense of a balanced budget. Regardless of who is in power, Republican or Democrat, there are too many incentives to spend -- re-election, for instance -- and no incentives not to spend."

Gimmicks aren't needed (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Growing Budget Deficit
A rope in the financial bog: U.S. facing record debt at a time when another round of tax cuts for wealthy is pending (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Local Real Estate Loans
Fed chief in Las Vegas says watch commercial real estate loans (Nevada AP article)

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From The Neon Empire
That New Study On Problem Gambling
Taking a hit on gambling: National council's study suggests that problem gambling is more widespread than originally thought and that casino industry figures are based on outdated data (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Sports Betting
Las Vegas betting firm employees plead guilty to fraud (Nevada AP article)

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Updates for March 9, 2006

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Corruption? In Nevada?
When Corrupt Politicians Win, Taxpayers Lose

"Not only do we have four — count 'em — former Clark County Commissioners about to go to trial on political corruption charges, not only do we have a state controller who was impeached running for state treasurer, not only do we have a City Council mired in a land scandal that ensnares not one but two administrations, and not only do we have a mayor appealing a finding he's unethical, but…"

Corruption on parade (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Mayor Jim Gibson
NV candidate hospitalized for diabetes illness (Nevada AP article)
Gibson policy announcement cancelled (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Local Races
Washoe County Sheriff
Weston abandons sheriff's race (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
State Democratic Party
"The Rurals" of Nevada  (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Death To Meth
The meth menace: So you think meth doesn't affect you? Think again. (Reno News & Review article)
Local Government
Washoe County
Government Land Grab

"The idea that planners automatically see sprawl as positive is offensive, and it's a pretty good sign that local government is oriented more to its own interest--empire building--than to the public's interest. It means that all the concern in recent years about sprawl has fallen on deaf ears in the places where it most needs to be heard."

Racing toward sprawl (Reno News & Review editorial)

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Nevada Education Matters
New From The US Department Of Education

State Education Data Profiles

Nevada's State Education Profile

Nevada Student Assessments

Nevada Elementary and Secondary School Characteristics

State Education Reforms

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From The Neon Empire
State Gambling Industry Breaks All-Time Record For Wins; Takes In $1.14 Billion, Up 24.43 Percent From Last Year
January 2006 Nevada Gaming Revenues And Collections (GCB Press Release - pdf format)

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project

EPA Picks Up The Pace
Nuclear: EPA Yucca Mountain Rule Seen By Year's End (Engineering News-Record article)
To An Outsider, Nevadans Don't Care

Take One For The Team (American Spectator article)

State of Nevada Papers Presented at the 'Waste Management 2006' conference in Tucson, AZ:

Full-Scale Cask Testing Revisited, Again - Robert Halstead and Fred Dilger, Ph.D. (pdf-80K)

Any Way to Run a Railroad: Implications of Dedicated Trains - Fred Dilger, Ph.D. and Robert Halstead (pdf-515K)

Great Expectations: An Examination of Section 180c Funding Allocations - Fred Dilger, Ph.D. and Robert Halstead (pdf-93K)

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Federal Nevada
Congressional Lobby Reform
Shoveling Manure from the Congressional Barn: Ethics panel chief Voinovich opposes key lobbying reform (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Homeland Security Funding
DHS Secretary Commits to Review Risk Assessment Data During Meeting with Gibbons and Porter (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Porter To Investigate Airport Security At Upcoming Subcommittee Hearing (Rep. Porter Press Release)
Taxpayer Protection
Ensign Praised For Protecting Taxpayers (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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March 10, 2006

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Allegations Involving State Sen. Sandra Tiffany

"Tiffany, who did not return a phone call or an e-mail, has been defending herself in other venues by crying political motivation, trying to kill the messenger rather than arguing the facts. Her problem is that there are too many messengers, as evidenced by a slew of affidavits that makes the case against her as potent as any I have seen in a long time."

Jon Ralston delves into the ethics complaint filed against Sen. Sandra Tiffany (Las Vegas Sun column)
Senator Tiffany should resign if she's guilty (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Allegations Involving Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
CLARK COUNTY RECORDER: Deane vows to fight 'bogus' charges -- Spokesman says she hasn't agreed to relinquish control of office (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas Developer Fined In Illegal Campaign Contributions Case
FEC Announces Settlement In Nevada Contribution Reimbursement Scheme (Federal Elections Commission website)
For Documents, see MUR Case 5305 On FEC Proceedings Search Page
Related Stories

"Rhodes broke the law in three ways. He donated more than is allowed under federal law. In addition, corporations cannot give money to candidates, and individuals cannot give in the name of others. Under federal law at the time, individual contributions to a candidate were limited to $1,000 in the primary and $1,000 in the general election."

Rhodes settles federal case: Developer made illegal donations (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
JOHN L. SMITH: Monte ... Monty ... There's a big difference to the one NOT under investigation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
FEC: Reid, Herrera donors broke campaign finance laws (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Ethics
Allegations Involving North Las Vegas Mayor Michael Montandon
Montandon fined $500 in ethics case: NLV mayor says he forgot to report role as corporate officer (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

Executive Director Report and Recommendations (Ethics Commission website)

Panel Determination (Ethics Commission website)

[Decision not yet posted on Ethics Commission website]

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Nevada Politics
2006 State Treasurer's Race

"Of course, Augustine has the right to run for office and the voters have the right to elect her if they want her. And she can even file as a Republican. But there is no law that says party members have to pull her close to their breast, endorse her and support her as one of them."

Fix the Augustine problem (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Department Of Corrections
On-Duty Sex Tryst Insufficient Cause
Dismissal of corrections officer overturned (Las Vegas Sun article)
Female guard caught in sex act wins job back (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada's Fire-Fighting Flocks
Sheep may be used as first line of defense against wildfire: Study to compare threat in grazed and ungrazed areas (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Want A New Gym
WNCC, Carson have sights set on $16 million rec center (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Clark County
Congested Roadway
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION: Proposal takes Rainbow to new level -- Consultant offers double-deck traffic solution (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
City Scoots Over
Right-of-Way: Planners OK casino request (Elko Free Press article)
Lander County
New Hire
Lander County hires director (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County
Local Government Officials Loathe To Give Up On Land Lust - Claim Court Order Requires Annexations

"'It's really scary for local officials to be in cahoots and bypass the public,' said Tina Nappe, chairwoman of the Sierra Club's Toiyabe chapter. 'Clearly, they weren't listening.'"

Appeal of regional plan delay pushed by official (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Growth of Reno delayed: Panel cites concerns over 100-year plan (Nevada AP article)
Dissident Officials
Reno Mayor Bob Cashell Biographical Sketch (City of Reno website)
Reno Councilman Dwight Dortch Biographical Sketch (City of Reno website)
County Commissioner Bonnie Weber Biographical Sketch (Washoe County Commission website)

[Text of court-ordered Annexation Settlement Agreement not available on County website link nor on City of Reno website using search facility]

The Decision-Makers
Washoe County Planning Commission

[Agenda, staff reports and minutes of March 8, 2006 meeting not available yet on County/ RPC website]

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The Chancellor And The Regents
Rogers talks to search panel about presidential traits: Regent says speech helped calm fears of UNLV committee members (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public Education
Washoe County School District
Local charter high school granted 3-week reprieve, preventing closure (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Wrong time to shut school (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
NUCLEAR WASTE: Lawmakers snub reprocessing plans -- Legislators say they'd rather see repository at Yucca (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Congressional Anti-Corruption Reform
Party waits on Reid: Democrats look to leader for their message (Las Vegas Sun article)
The National Budget

"Reductions in spending increases are called "cuts." Wounded Republicans, too scared to champion tax cuts and smaller government, itch to spend like Democrats. And Democrats talk about fiscal restraint -- at the same time they're working to ratchet spending skyward. Feeling confused? Washington politicians like it that way."

Federal budget follies (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Homeland Security Funding
Nevada GOP congressmen meet with Chertoff about security funds (Nevada AP article)
Moapa Valley Self-Help Measures
BLM takes on Moapa rancher: Man cited for destroying habitats (Las Vegas Sun article)
Promotion
State energy pro moving up: Bush to nominate Wellinghoff for federal post (Las Vegas Sun article)

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From The Neon Empire
Northern Nevada Forecast
Gaming sees clearer skies: Revenue up in 2006 absent the snowstorms of last year (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada's Past
Chinese Rail Workers To Be Honored
Chinese rail workers museum planned for Carson City: Chinese to be honored at V&T event, where museum plans will be on display (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Updates for March 10, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Secretary Of State's Race
Latest GOP Primary Poll
With Berman Out, Tark & Scrog In Dead Heat (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
State Democratic Party
Mayor Gibson Released From Hospital, Expected To Attend
Dems County Convention (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government
State Government
From The Office Of The Attorney General
Former NDOT Employee Convicted On Grand Larceny & Embezzlement Charges (AG Press Release)
Local Government
Washoe County
Truckee River To Be $350 Million "Living River"
Flood project OK'd; bridge fate uncertain (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Ancestral Lands
US found guilty of violating Shoshone human rights: Western Shoshone were victorious Friday at UN, as the US was found in violation of human rights of Native Americans and urged to take immediate action (Spero News article)

Related Story

U.S. Government Fails Western Shoshone -- Nation Takes Treaty Dispute To U.N.: Claims Of Human Rights Violations Might Not Be Heard According To Tribal Elders (Nevada Observer article)
Secretary Of Interior Announces Resignation
Secretary Norton Announces Departure from Interior: Norton Era Emphasizes Cooperative Conservation and Responsible Energy Development (US Department of the Interior website)
Resignation Letter of Secretary Norton To President Bush (US Department of the Interior website)
Ensign Salutes Norton As A Friend To Nevada (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Gibbons Statement on Resignation of Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Newly-Passed Patriot Act Contains Anti-Meth Measures
Ensign Applauds Patriot Act Extension: Measures To Fight Meth Also Included (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Soldier's Medals
Gibbons to Present Medals to Nevada Veterans of WWII and Vietnam Wars (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Nevada's Economy
Ensign: Nevada Employment Strong (Sen. Ensign Press Release)

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Latest - March 10, 2006
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Corruption? In Nevada?
Nye County Corruption Charges
Nye brothel probe makes industry shudder (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Nye County Vice Lord Was Arrested, But Not Indicted
Richards, Trummell - a verbatim account: Transcripts raise questions on brothel operator's alleged bribery of commissioner (Pahrump Valley Times article)

"In the meantime, know in your heart that several past and current elected officials - and private citizens - are as nervous as a condemned man preparing to go to the gallows."

Probe could go much deeper than Richards (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)
Allegations Involving Clark County Recorder Frances Deane
Dizzy Deane must go (Jon Ralston column, In Business Las Vegas)
Maybe she was at the psychic (Vegas Pundit website)
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal And City Secrecy
Who's your lawyer? (Chuck Gardner column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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Nevada Politics
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
TASC and Spend (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)

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March 11, 2006

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Clark County
Death Highway
State Route 160: Slower But Better? (Las Vegas CityLife article)
Gangster Rap
Mike control: Is hip-hop being unfairly targeted by Metro and the Board of Regents? (Las Vegas CityLife article)
Switching Places
Enron's tech plans a windfall for Vegas (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Going Up
$100 million condo project part of major upgrades at Vegas speedway (Nevada AP article)
Douglas County
Good Corporate Neighbors
Pleased with generosity (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)
Lyon County
In Fernley
Developers’court action dismissed (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
AG’s Office rules City litigation meeting did not violate law (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
City Council approves Special Events Policy (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Nye County
Rather Disturbing
Uh oh! Budget overspent, public laws violated, nobody told officials (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Reach For The Sky
Tonopah has the right stuff: airspace (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Vehicular Progress
Sheriff to get his wheels (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Senior Center Operations
Alternative agencies being sought (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Washoe County
More On $350+ Million Truckee River Flood Control Plan
Panel backs 'living river' flood project: Coalition's vote a key milestone in moving Truckee project ahead (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
White Pine County
Buying A Lake
Money in hand to buy Bassett Lake (Ely Times article)
Oil !!! Perhaps
Geologist says White Pine must keep public lands open for oil exploration: Claims undiscovered oil reserves are '10 times' Saudi Arabia's (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The Chancellor And The Regents
Jim and Linda, together again, for the first time (Vegas Pundit website)
Higher education in need of unity: Harter on the wrong track in believing that the Nevada system's structure is flawed (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
No place for bickering (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Sleeping Late
School start times: If sleepy teens are granted relief, it shouldn't cost taxpayers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Federal Nevada
The Government And The US Constitution
The secret government (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)
Outsourcing National Security Operations To Foreigners
U.S. sovereignty renewed as port deal derailed (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Standing tall on security: Congress should remain strong now that it's forced a favorable outcome on port operations (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Federal Lands

"At issue is the question of whose legal rights will triumph in this battle for control of the lovely and unexpectedly lush desert canyon, where a natural stream now ripples along what used to be the road to Panamint. Both sides represent different aspects of the American public - a nation of millions who cannot be neatly categorized as all wanting unrestricted public access, nor as all wanting to see rare environmental resources preserved at any cost."

Public access battle more intense than ever before (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Utilities
Gas, electric companies streamline rate cases (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada Mining
Little common ground on gold, mercury: State orders annual checks; many say new rules not enough (Las Vegas Sun article)
All that's gold does not glitter: New mercury emissions regulations for gold mines are designed to protect the environment, but without adequate study we won't know if they work (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Mercury emissions must be controlled (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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From The Neon Empire
Gambling Addiction
Gambler sues to recover $12 million in losses (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Labor Relations
Boyd, Culinary keep settlement details concealed (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada's Past
That Old Church
Plans to demolish Nevada church linked to Mark Twain put on hold (Nevada AP article)
Explorers Of Nevada
White Pine Then & Now: The Simpson Expedition through White Pine County, Part II (Ely Times article)
Northern Nevada Railway
At the Throttle: December was a Christmas present for NNRy Museum (Ely Times article)
Carson Valley Historical Society & Museum
$36,000 grant will spruce up museum (Gardnerville Record-Courier article)

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Updates for March 11, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Corruption Robs Taxpayers
Getting While The Getting Is Good (Don Conway column, Battle Born News)

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Nevada Government
State Government
The Toilet Tryst
State corrections director to fight reinstatement of officer (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Judicial Vacancy
Judgeship covers Churchill, Lyon counties (Fallon Star Press article)
Local Government
Lyon County
County Affairs
Lyon tentative budget proposal is balanced, shows no tax increase (Mason Valley News article)
County to research takeover of private water company (Mason Valley News article)
Mason Valley
Phone system upgrades viewed as priority in area’s future: Ideal would be to keep Yerington/Mason Valley rural with light industry (Mason Valley News article)
Yerington
City says tax increase unlikely (Mason Valley News article)
Washoe County
Local Government Land Grab
Regional planning panel takes no action on ‘amendment’ (Sparks Tribune article)

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Nevada Water Matters
$350+ Million Truckee River Flood Plan
Committee approves Truckee River plan (Sparks Tribune article)
Walker River
Snowpack on the rise, reservoirs filling (Mason Valley News article)
Colorado River
Accord Norton's watermark: Deal on Colorado River usage cited as secretary's major achievement (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Washoe County School District
Driving Washoe's ailing school bus system (Sparks Tribune article)

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Native Nevadans
Ancestral Lands Of The Shoshone Tribe
Panel backs tribe's claim: U.S. not respecting anti-racism treaty, U.N. committee says (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Walker River Paiute Tribe
Williams takes over as WRPT’s water attorney: Replacing Colorado firm that served many years representing Tribe in lawsuit (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Utilities
Sithe Global Power Plant
 Mesquite-area coal plant moves ahead (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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March 12, 2006

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Cases
FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Pair getting day in court -- Kincaid-Chauncey, Herrera prepare to fight charges they took Galardi bribes (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Secret FBI reports bare Galardi dealings: Documents obtained by Sun reveal new details about bribery allegations (Las Vegas Sun article)
Wiretaps led to indictments: County commissioners charged in massive probe (Las Vegas Sun article)
Former Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera
Trial will show two sides of fallen star (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nye County Corruption Case
Sting latest bind for brothels: But their place in Nye County seems secure (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Meeting the neighborhood brothel owner (Las Vegas Review-Journal column)

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Las Vegas Mayor Finds A Moronic Loophole, Uses It To Insult Public's Intelligence

"The mayor actually told the Sun's Dan Kulin that he would not disclose the activities of Oscar's Political Action Committee because 'he does not want the information made public out of concern that some members of the media would try to misrepresent it if it was released.'"

Jon Ralston explains why Oscar Goodman's refusal to reveal his political action committee's activities are Nixonian (Las Vegas Sun column)
Democracy, Accountability And A Secretive Government

"What we don't know can hurt us. Get to know your government at all levels. Ask questions. Demand documentation. The government's business is our business. Ignorance is not blissful nor does it make us more secure."

The freedom to get answers: Freedom of Information Act turns 40 this year, at a time when the public's access to government is more important than ever - and increasingly being undermined (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Democratic Party County Caucuses
Nevada Democrats rally, call for return of ethics to politics (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Democrats beat drum for 'impressive' field: Candidates stump at party's county convention (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Primary schedule discussed: Democrats weigh earlier votes in Western states in 2008 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Marijuana Initiative

"You have the more religious conservatives teamed up with a number of nanny-state liberals who are against legalization. On the pro side, you have a strong liberal contingent joined by the more libertarian conservatives. And those stuck in the middle you might as well flip a coin to figure out where they stand."

Debate over pot cuts across traditional political lines (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Legislative Perks: Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson's Adventures At Public Expense

Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson (D - Clark, No. 17)

ERIN NEFF: A lawmaker's job is never done (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
State Department Of Corrections
The Toilet Tryst
Conduct on the job (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Parole Denials
Report discovers state leads U.S. in parole denials: Document calls for 'imminent action' (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Mining's Mercury Emissions
Mercury is blowin' in the wind (Lee Louden column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
That Decrepit State Building
Final Kinkead chapter too long in writing (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Crooked Construction Contractors
Home owners wanted, as are faux-contractor felons (Nevada Appeal* article)
Job Growth
Nevada job growth led nation in 2005 (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Local Government
Homeowners' Associations - A Private Government Entity
Hal Rothman tells why HOAs are now viewed as a necessary evil (Las Vegas Sun column)
City And County Of Carson
Burning Hills
Supervisors to plan for upcoming wildfire season at meeting (Nevada Appeal* article)
Elko County
City Of Carlin
City council renews manager’s contract (Elko Free Press article)
Douglas County
Family Feud
Judge urges Parks to resolve dispute outside courtroom (Gardnerville Record-Courier*)
Lyon County
Keep It Manageable
Residents want Yerington, Mason Valley to stay small (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Government And Water
Lyon county considers takeover of water company (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
School board OKs one of four retirement buy-outs (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Clark County School District
Elaine Wynn: lessons learned trying to better schools (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County School District
School program brings together Incline's families (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Northwestern Nevada
Search on for school principals (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Fixated on 'broken' Yucca Mountain: Like French generals in red pants (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Outsourcing US National Security Matters To Foreigners
Now we need policies (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Broken Political Antennae
Bush is on the ropes; can he recover? (Guy W. Farmer column, Nevada Appeal*)
Public Lands
BLM’s response on grazing due March 20 (Elko Free Press article)

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From The Neon Empire
Northern Nevada
Booming economy, good weather drive gaming's biggest month (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada's Past
Lake Tahoe And The Mafia
Tahoe's good fellas (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
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March 13, 2006
[Updated 10:25 AM]

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Nevada Politics
2006 Attorney General's Race
Chanos Won't Run
Chanos is out (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

"As I have served I have realized that the commitment required to successfully do the job, while campaigning to keep it, prevents me from being the father and husband that I need -- and want -- to be.

My first priority is to my family and however important the position of Attorney General, my role as a father and husband is far more essential."

Statement from Chanos (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Nevada Voting
HAVA Debacle

"A county official says Secretary of State Dean Heller, who is running for Congress, botched the awarding of a multimillion-dollar contract to create a statewide voter database, leading Nevada to miss a federal deadline and potentially waste taxpayer money."

MISSED DEADLINE: Time's up for voter database -- Secretary of state admits mistake choosing vendor (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Urges GOP Straw Poll
Take Me to the Straw Poll (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News)
Democratic Party Caucuses
Seeking return to power, Nevada Democrats rally around candidates (Nevada AP article)
2006 Local Races
Washoe County
Sparks councilwoman to seek full term (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
New Internet Nevada Discussion Forum
Silver State Debate Now Open! (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Corruption trial due to begin for two ex-Clark County lawmakers (Nevada AP article)
JANE ANN MORRISON: Son ready to testify against mother in political corruption trial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Las Vegas Developer's Illegal Federal Campaign Contributions

"In addition to developing policy and writing legislation, successful public service calls for politicians and their staffers to accept a high level of responsibility for upholding the law."

Obey campaign fund law (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Churchill County
Dig It
2 quarries planned for Hazen (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Clark County
Go Somewhere Else
Plant plans already drawing opposition: NLV considering sites for sewage treatment (Las Vegas Sun article)
Urban Blight
Las Vegas' 'most dangerous building' headed for demolition (Las Vegas Sun article)
Elko County
Gang Activities Increase
Task force sees more Elko gangs: Enforcement, education combat this crime trend (Elko Free Press article)
Elko Airport Re-Reviewed
Elko looks at airport traffic control — one last time (Elko Free Press article)
Transitory Effect
Code transition slows new building activity (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Regents' Agenda
Regents to vote this week on Nevada tuition increases (Nevada AP article)
Regents to decide on higher education tuition, GPA hike (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Southern Nevada Showing Sex Shift
Men are in the minority (Las Vegas Sun article)
Snow Sampling Centennial
Nevada celebrating 100th anniversary of J.E. Church's technique that created science of snow sampling: UNR building named after former professor (Nevada Appeal* article)
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Workforce housing to be discussed (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Bodman in a bind over 'broken' Yucca project (Las Vegas Sun article)
Federal Lands
Forest Service easement worrying commissioners (Elko Free Press article)
National Labor Laws
Union organizing methods (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Endangered Species Act Reform
Protecting an endangered act: Scientists ask Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee to consider scientific integrity over industry's concerns in revising the Endangered Species Act (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Alternative Energy Sources
Seeing ethanol as the future: We should not be pessimistic about replacing oil with ethanol - Brazil has already done it (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Mafia Cops Trial Starts In New York
'MAFIA COPS': Ex-detectives' trial opens today -- Arrested in Las Vegas, Eppolito, Caracappa face long list of charges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Opening statements expected in New York's Mafia cops case (Nevada AP article)
Background (From AmericanMafia.com)

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From The Neon Empire
Las Vegas Bargains Becoming An Endangered Species
For many, price isn't right: Luxury properties taking place of budget hotels (Las Vegas Sun article)
Don't Call Us; We'll Call You
Training program 'is not working': Station partnership to be re-examined (Las Vegas Sun article)
Acquisitive
Pinnacle Entertainment to acquire Aztar for $1.45 billion (Nevada AP article)
Elko Gambling Gains
Gaming revenues set record (Elko Free Press article)
Casino Clout
New Jersey and casino smoking: Gaming clout extends beyond Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Updates for March 13, 2006

[To 2:00 PM]

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Nevada Politics

The Strange Withdrawal Of George Chanos . . .

"The attorney general also said he would return more than $1.1 million in contributions that he has received for his campaign - four times the amount listed by Democratic challenger Catherine Cortez Masto in her latest contribution report."

Appointed Nevada attorney general won't run for office (Nevada AP article)
Statement Of Gov. Guinn

"But when it came right down to it, George felt he needed to focus on his family rather than a political career. Although I am disappointed that he will not be seeking election to the office, as a father and grandfather, I can attest to the enormous drain political life takes on your family life. Therefore, I understand his decision.”

Governor Guinn's Statement On Attorney General's Decision Not To Run (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Commentary

George who? (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Unhappy Republican campers (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Leaves Catherine Cortez-Masto The Front-Runner In The Attorney General's Race.

Catherine Cortez Masto

Now Up In The Air: The AG's Investigation Of The Fortunate Mr. Walters
Royal Links Investigation Heating Up - City Accused Of Stonewalling: AG's Investigators Suggest New Charges In Letters To The City; Goodman Furious (Nevada Observer article)

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Latest - March 13, 2006

[5:30 PM]

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Nevada Politics
Decision Of George Chanos To Abandon 2006 Attorney General's Race
Talk about George Chanos' decision to not run for attorney general (Nevada AP article)
Statement of Nevada Republican Party Chairman Paul Adams Regarding George Chanos’ Announcement (Nevada Republican Party website)
Chanos out: Why? (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Clark County Democratic Party Platform
We hold these principals to be self-evident (Vegas Pundit website)

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Federal Nevada
"Mafia Cops" Trial In New York
Govt: Cops had decades-long crime spree at bidding of mobsters (Nevada AP article)
Fallon Naval Air Station
New commander named for NAS Fallon (Nevada AP article)
Spaceplane Shelved?
Two-Stage-to-Orbit 'Blackstar' System Shelved at Groom Lake? (Aviation Week & Space Technology article)

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From The Neon Empire
Organized Crime And Gambling In Japan
Gaming isn't thriving everywhere in Asia (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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March 14, 2006

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Nevada Politics
The Strange Decision Of George Chanos

"Politics is not as collegial or as cooperative as I had hoped," Chanos said in an interview. "If I wanted to put up with it, I could. But I don't have to put up with it, and I don't choose to."

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL: 'Disgusted' Chanos won't run -- Appointee makes decision after bruising political battles (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"He blamed editorialists for questioning his motivations, ethics, and so forth. I think he mostly blamed the press for scratching its head at his downtown real estate flip that netted him millions while he was still unpacking his boxes at the AG's office. The mean old media also analyzed Chanos' decision to call for an independent investigation of the city's golf course deal with developer Billy Walters as well as his views on the state's prescription drug plan."

JOHN L. SMITH: Chanos' reasons for dropping out unbelievable if not unreal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Chanos pulls out of race for attorney general -- Chanos: Observing politics from the sidelines 'is very different than observing it from the trenches' (Nevada Appeal* article)
State AG abandons campaign: Chanos' surprise move puts GOP in search of new strong candidate (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
More comments from Chanos (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
Southern Nevada developer running for lieutenant governor (Nevada AP article)

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Corruption? In Nevada?
Clark County Commission Corruption Trial
Who Took Bribes?
Defense demands Galardi list: Some allegedly bribed by strip club owner may not be mentioned in trial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Commentary
Corruption trial under way: Federal government's case will consist in part of wiretapped recordings and expected testimony by former strip club owner, ex-county commissioner (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Allegations Against Clark County Recorder Francis Deane

"Clark County Recorder Fran Deane said Monday that she has done nothing illegal and will not step down temporarily while police investigate allegations she abused her office for personal profit."

POLICE INQUIRY: Recorder refuses to step aside -- Official says she will work during investigation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Hefty Bills, Sketchy To Nonexistent Reports For Legislative Junkets
ERIN NEFF: 'Information gathering' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Nevada's Toothless Ethics Laws

"The law prohibits an official from using his position to exploit public resources for private gain or to influence constituents, according to the decision. Denton said that prior Ethics Commission findings involved public officials who used their position in relation to people over whom they had authority, which wouldn't apply to Goodman and those attending the Washington, D.C, conference."

Judge overturns Ethics Commission ruling against Goodman (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
The Virtues Of Open Government

"The dirty deals, the corruption go on behind closed doors when the public isn't watching. Throw those doors open, however, and those deals vanish, along with those who would use the system to their own advantage."

Keep those doors open (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Governor Guinn In The Middle East
Governor Guinn Visiting Troops In Iraq And Afghanistan (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Guinn on Afghanistan/Iraq tour (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Not Right Now
No sale to Carson City; South Carson land will stay with state -- Agency's move to former armory site ousts possible deal with city, car dealers (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nonprofit Grants
Community development grants to be allocated: Federal money to help nonprofits help the community (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
The Main Question
Growth: Who should pay? Local governments consider new fees for developers (Las Vegas Sun article)
Park Or Pork?
Public-private park partnerships: Is the latest proposal designed to meet a real demand? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Land Speculation And Affordable Housing
MOBILE-HOME PARKS: County proposal draws out fears -- Moratorium to prevent sales, closures stirs debate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Affordable housing meeting in works (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Open Meeting Law

"The state attorney general's office concluded insufficient evidence existed to find that the Clark County Commission and Metropolitan Police Fiscal Affairs Committee violated the Nevada open meeting law in labor contract negotiations."

Review: Meeting was legal -- Police group, newspaper suspected violation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
Elko economic picture flickers (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County
Another Municipal Bait-And-Switch Proposal
Don't Think Of It As Embezzlement

"After convincing Reno voters two years ago to extend a property tax to help pay for neighborhood street repairs, Reno officials are considering using the money for a new police and fire station in south Reno."

City considers using road-repair money to pay for south Reno police, fire station (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The Chancellor And The Regents
Regent, chancellor making nice: Unlikely duo teams up to promote education via public service announcements (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Bus costs hinder plan to start school later (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County School District
School start time proposal dropped: Superintendent points to many issues; trustees still have final say on decline (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA's Suction Scheme

"State Engineer Hugh Ricci has some unkind words for the way the Las Valley Water District is pursuing its case to win the right to pump more than 150,000 acre-feet of water from rural Nevada."

Hearings on rural water delayed (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Complicated Logistics For Planned On-Site Congressional Hearing
Porter cancels Yucca meeting (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Quicksilver Storage Scheme

"'We have a natural skepticism on what the federal government tells us,' said Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las Vegas. 'They have told us so many times things are really safe and yet they don't have a record of being safe.'"

Mercury storage worries some state officials: Substance headed to Hawthorne (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Retiring Interior Secretary
Gale Norton's mixed legacy: Interior secretary relaxed environmental protections but aided Western water issues (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Nevada Culture
Get The Real Low Down
'Testicle festival,' Leprechaun train this weekend: Virginia City offers food, fun (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Museum Projects
Museum planners have a mountainous task before them: Project directors seek public land to build proposed $50M museum (Nevada Appeal* article)
Show us the money on Chinese museum plan (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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February 15, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Congressional Races
Congressional District 2
Dawn Gibbons Takes Early Lead In Second Congressional Race (Nevada Observer article)
2006 Governor's Race
Gubernatorial Candidate Beers Defines His Campaign (Nevada Observer article)
2006 Attorney General's Race
Barbara Buckley Raising Money For Catherine Cortez-Masto?
Just out of the rumor mill (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
2006 Ballot Petitions And Initiatives
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
Rep. Gibbons' Questions About  TASC And Some Snippy Answers
TASC Ball Back In Gibbons' Court (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Lawsuit Seeking To Block TASC
Beers' Tax Petition Going To Court; Unions Claim Petition Is Misleading (Nevada Observer article)
About The TASC Initiative

TASC for Nevada Website

Minimum Wage Initiative
Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative To Be Voted On Again In 2006 (Nevada Observer article)
2006 Local Races
City And County Of Carson
Attorney Mark Krueger announces candidacy for justice of the peace (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Controversy Over Former Legislator's Bills
State says Chowning owes $7,800 bill (Las Vegas Sun article)
Former assemblywoman owes state $7,800: Legislator said payments made were not recorded (Nevada Appeal* article)
State writes off $26,000 owed on health premiums: Figure includes $7,800 reportedly owed by a former Las Vegas assemblywoman (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Discouraging Whistle-Blowers
The Reaction
David vs. Goliath: Different outcome: IGT whistleblower silenced in court (Las Vegas Sun article)
The Case

International Game Tech. v. Dist. Ct.

Nevada Taxes
Nevadans Pay Higher Taxes Than Those In 26 Other States (Nevada Observer article)
Aid To Truckee River Flood Victims
Flood victims may get help from Nevada: Homeowners must submit insurance claim, then apply for a low-interest SBA loan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The Reign Of Chancellor Rogers
Jon Ralston on what's in store for university presidents dealing with the chancellor (Las Vegas Sun column)
Public Schools
Declining Standards
What It Took To Get An Eighth Grade Education In 1895 (Nevada Observer article)
Carson City School District
Freedom of religion, freedom of education (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

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Nevada Water Matters
Humboldt River
Water rights project funded (Elko Free Press article)
Carson River
TCID predicts good water year (Lahontan Valley News* article)
SNWA's Suction Scheme
Preserve proposed to protect White Pine water (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Water Technology
Squeezing tomorrow's water from today's technology: Experts to examine fountain of ideas to help Southern Nevada expand its water sources (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Las Vegas Corruption Trial
JOHN L. SMITH: Credibility of witnesses more important than ever in Galardi case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Corruption Trial Still On Schedule Despite Magistrate's Ruling (Nevada Observer article)
Washington Racketeering Case Linked To Laughlin Shootout
Authorities indict five men in Hells Angels case (Nevada AP article)
Mistrial In Las Vegas Fraud Case
Mistrial declared in federal securities fraud case in Las Vegas (Nevada AP article)
Centers For Disease Control (CDC) Fallout Feasibility Study
CDC says studying nuclear testing fallout problems is feasible (Nevada AP article)

CDC Final Report

Centers For Disease Control Website

Clark County Head Start Program
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT: Head Start won't end after suspension -- Local board losing $12.6 million contract (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Bailing out Head Start (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Updates for February 15, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Suggestions Of Danny Tarkanian, Candidate For Secretary Of State
Parsing when a gift is a gift (Vegas Pundit Website)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
What they say about TASC (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Las Vegas City Council And The First Amendment
Told you so (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas City Life)
Pay up, Fremont Street! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas City Life)

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February 16, 2006

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Nevada Government
State Government
Las Vegas City Administration Hindering AG's Lucky Land Deal Investigation
The Documents Aren't Ready For You Yet, And I Haven't Seen Your Letters.  What Are You Doing And Why Haven't You Finished Already?
City accused of dragging feet: Investigators claim sluggish action on inquiry into golf club, Walters (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
US Environmental Protection Agency Critical Of State Action On Dirty Anaconda Mine
EPA criticized Nevada for slow cleanup at mine, contact with Arco (Nevada AP article)
State Welfare Services
Let them eat gruel: Nevada Department of Fuck the Poor (Deidre Pike column, Reno News & Review)
Nevada Supreme Court
State Supreme Court takes action in Incline Village tax cases (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada high court decision favors Newmont Mining (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Clark County
LVCVA's Trendy New Fake Identity Promotional Campaign
Tom Gorman logs on to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Web site in search of a new identity, and in the process finds himself (Las Vegas Sun column)
LVCVA's New Facelift
Board OKs Las Vegas Convention Center facelift (Nevada AP article)
Child Services Hellhole
Growth threatens safe haven: Children seen terrorizing children at county facility (Las Vegas Sun article)
Child Haven's growing pains (Las Vegas Sun column)
Go Somewhere Else
Mobile home residents are sent packing: Relocation process a hardship (Las Vegas Sun article)
Questions On City Cable Franchise Action
Cox connects as Henderson delays cable decision (Las Vegas Sun article)
Las Vegas And The First Amendment
Sign ordinance is discriminatory: If it's a matter of safety, why are unions exempt? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
North Las Vegas: We Want Yours
Council eyes casino's RV park for new City Hall: Members rank 17-acre site No. 1 possibility (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Bigger, Better, Faster, More
Mayor rocks BC's growth philosophy: Land-for-bypass plan outrages civic leaders (Las Vegas Sun article)
Clark County, California officials discuss growth: Resources for Sandy Valley a concern (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Everybody Out!
County official discounts 28-hour evacuation plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Douglas County
Growth initiative approval could affect ranchers (Nevada Appeal* article)
Elko County
City delays action on airport tower (Elko Free Press article)
Pershing County
Lovelock finds a tourism draw in the most obvious of places (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Storey County
FEMA rejects funding Six Mile Canyon Road repair (Nevada Appeal* article)
Washoe County
Commission to consider new regional center plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Replacing Purged Presidents
Regents insist they will pick presidents: Rogers' input likely on UNLV, UNR vacancies (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Names could be worth a lot to the School District (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Utilities
Harvesting The Taxpayers
An Inexpensive Alternative: Toss These Trolls At The Next Election

"State Sen. Randolph Townsend, R-Reno, said the fees are nothing more than broad, unnecessary taxes that put an undo burden on residents. The theory behind the fees is to pay for access to public right-of-way, but the companies themselves pay for repairs to city streets and just pass on the fees to customers."

Power bill fee hike planned: Reno, Sparks to consider raising tax on Sierra Pacific's customers (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
And so it begins? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Tax Rebates And Corporate Subsidies
Solar partnership granted $13 million in tax rebates (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Commission extends Nevada hydroelectric power deal (Nevada AP article)

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From The Neon Empire
MGM-Mirage Official Indicted In LA Racketeering Case
Kerkorian confidant indicted in L.A. in wiretap scheme (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
HOLLYWOOD CONFIDENTIAL: The Rise and Fall of Anthony Pellicano (AmericanMafia.com column)
Big Bucks In The Gambling Industry
Adelson to net $2.2 billion from stock sale: Sale to reduce exec's 75.3 percent stake (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas Sands founder to sell $2 billion in shares as profit up (Nevada AP article)
Casino lobbyist's pay tops $1 million (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Goodbye To All That?
Time for 'Ta-ta, Tropicana'? Aztar releases more details on redevelopment plan, but still no schedule (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
DOE clueless on Yucca (Las Vegas Sun article)
Homeland Security Funding
Sheriff asks Bush about LV's removal from terror risk list (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Federal Aviation Administration
Failure of landing system irks officials (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Las Vegas Securities Fraud Mistrial
JANE ANN MORRISON: In fraud mistrial, government prosecutors look either deceitful or doltish (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Bank Of China Embezzlement Case
Review period extended in Bank of China case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
From The Defense Department
Stealth jets bound for 'boneyard': Retirement moved up to '08 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
In The US Congress
Asbestos afire: The big fight on Capitol Hill last week wasn’t the war, Iran’s nukes or cartoons (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)
Pleading poverty (Bob Fulkerson column, Reno News & Review)

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Vanishing Nevada
Reno's Liberty Belle
Gambling on Reno's history: The Fey brothers’ slot machine heritage brought them to town, and they built on that heritage. Now it may be lost. (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

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February 17, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
Sadly, Gibbons is probably safe (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Beers opposes Gibbons' opposition to TASC (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Gibbons opposes TASC (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Congressional Races
Congressional District 2
Montana Governor To Help Out Fellow Democrat
Red state Democrat giving Derby a boost (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Schweitzer to stump for Derby (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Congressional District 3
Harry, Shelley And Tessa
Going native in CD3 (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Governor's Race
Gibson welcomes boxer to address on Henderson: Mayor touts city plans, deflects questions on gubernatorial hopes (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Tax talk stirs GOP governor hopefuls (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Candidate proposes $50 limit on gifts: Some concert tickets not reported (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Opening Pandora’s Gift Box (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News Blog)
More Signs Of Partisan Identity Crises
Democratic Party
The Internal Revolution Within the Democratic Party (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Senators Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid Push Democrat Paul Hackett Out of Ohio Race for Senate (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)
Republican Party
Is There a Republican In the House (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News Blog)
Political Parties – What’s in a name? (Don Conway column, Battle Born News Blog)

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Nevada Government
State Government
 The Fortunate Mr. Walters' Lucky Land Deal
Feb. 13th Letter From Senn Meulemans To Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman On Non-Cooperation In Walters Investigation (Nevada Observer article)
Walters inquiry to expand (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Jon Ralston on a legal skirmish, a political defector and a gushing letter from an ex-treasurer (Las Vegas Sun column)
Las Vegas officials deny foot-dragging in land probe (Nevada AP article)
Fun with City Hall (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas City Life)
City provides Walters probe documents (Vegas Pundit Website)
Local Government
Clark County
A Different Kind Of Tourist
More tourists are taking a hike: Side trips to nature destinations by visitors to the Las Vegas Valley continue recent trend in popularity growth (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County
More Cute Tricks From The Washoe County Commission

"Charles Marvin, one of about 10 Incline Village residents at Thursday's hearing, told County Clerk Amy Harvey that scheduling the hearing for 301 homeowners in a conference room with seating for 40 is not right."

Board to hear final appeals from Incline homeowners (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Reno's Urban Renewal Program
Downtown office vacancy climbing (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Don't forget the Truckee (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Nevada's Court System
Nevada Supreme Court
Nevada court ruling helps state pensioners (Nevada AP article)

Cable v. EICON

Clark County Justice Court

"Stalking and harassment victims asking the Las Vegas Justice Court for a protective order are waiting four times longer this year than last because of an attempt to improve the system."

Temporary protective orders are hung up in a changing system (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Business' influence in schools source of contention (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada's Trade Unions
Unite Here sets the stage for new contract (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
What happens here should be exported (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
Union, Las Vegas to work on deal: Wage increases likely top issue (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca Mountain Transportation Plan Gains Significant Backing: One Of Nation's Most Respected Scientific Organization Gives Its Blessing (Nevada Observer article)
Homeland Security Funding
HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS: Secretary, legislators to parley -- Nevadans want answers on why LV disqualified (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Chertoff offers terrorism briefing (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA's Suction Scheme

"Southern Nevada voters should demand that every gubernatorial candidate -- Democrats Dina Titus and Jim Gibson and Republicans Jim Gibbons, Bob Beers and Lorraine Hunt -- take a clear position on the pipeline project."

Pipeline politics (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Carson River

"In the Douglas County suit, filed in early 2003, Settelmeyer Ranches alleged Bently dumped toxic solvents and other contaminants at the latter's manufacturing site on Airport Road between 1961 and 1986."

Bently, Settelmeyer Ranches settle 3-year-old lawsuit (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire
Internet Gambling Ban Proposal
HOUSE LEGISLATION: Online betting ban back in play -- Nevada casinos could take stance against proposed bill (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Indicted MGM-Mirage Official
KERKORIAN CONFIDANT: MGM Mirage watching case -- Casino operator 'reviewing situation' of indicted longtime board member (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Recent Past
Reputed former mob leader Anthony Civella dies at 75: Uncle, father were connected to Las Vegas casino skimming cases (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
JOHN L. SMITH: Organized crime figure saw rise, fall of Kansas City mob era (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

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February 18, 2006

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Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
New DOE Report Claims Nothing Wrong With Original Yucca Studies
The Report

Technical Report Confirms Reliability of Yucca Mountain Technical Work (DOE Press Release - pdf  format)

Evaluation of Technical Impact On the Yucca Mountain Project Technical Basis Resulting From Issues Raised By Emails of Former Project Participants (DOE Report - pdf format)

The Response
Gibbons Blasts Latest DOE Report on Yucca Mountain Science: "This report just shows DOE has no credibility when it comes to sound science” (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Porter Responds To DOE Technical Impact Report (Rep. Porter Press Release)
Related Story
DOE: Suspect Yucca Mountain work is sound, but will be redone (Associated Press article)
Other Matters
New Yucca office director named (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Yucca Mountain essential to the nation (Paul J. Miller column, Pahrump Valley Times)

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Nevada Politics
2006 Congressional Races
Congressional District 2
Meet The Candidates: Babb, Derby, Gibbons vie for same congressional seat (Pahrump Valley Times article)
2006 Governor's Race
Governor's race exciting in a good way (Doug McMurdo column, Pahrump Valley Times)
2006 Democratic Women Candidates Visit Pahrump
Democrat women on the run (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
Gibbons contests spending cap plan (Anjeanette Damon article, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Gibbons speaks! We take credit! (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Last treason on TASC? (Las Vegas CityLife editorial)
Las Vegas Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Slate Of Incumbents For Legislative And County Offices
Evidently Happy With Status Quo
The Chamber Is In Love (Vegas Pundit Website)

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Nevada Law Enforcement
Radio Station Goes Dead Following Floyd Arrest
KBDB shut in wake of host's indictment (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
From The Office Of The Governor
Federal, State And Local Officials Meet To Discuss Pandemic Flu Preparedness (Gov. Guinn Press Release)
Nevada Ranks Second In Best Places To Do Business (Gov. Guinn Press Release - pdf file)
Nevada Supreme Court
No refunds for Incline property owners while tax appeal is debated (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Different Latitudes, Different Attitudes

"[Carson City] has a 3 percent cap on building permits, which has never been reached. Carson City has indeed remained bucolic. There are, as a matter of fact, cows grazing within the city limits.

Las Vegas, on the other hand, has never seen a development it didn't embrace - even if it meant giving away public property to make sure the developer made an obscene profit."

Las Vegas is jealous of our new freeway (Barry Smith column, Nevada Appeal*)
Clark County
The Ghettoization Of West Las Vegas
Rattling cages: In the late 1960s a group of welfare mothers organized in living rooms and raised the community's conscience, bringing tourism to a standstill on the Strip. Who will raise hell to stop the ghetto-ization of West Las Vegas today? (Las Vegas CityLife article)
Six Mile Canyon road closed by red tape (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Elko County
Elko County Economic Diversification Authority
ECEDA has development plans for Wells (Elko Free Press article)
Lyon County
General Improvement District Latest Layer Of Government Planned For Rural Lyon
County to consider roads inventory For possible inclusion/exclusion from proposed GID. (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Making Developers Bear Some Of The Costly Consequences
County to hear final impact fee analysis report Thursday presentation not set for action. (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
More "Gov-Speak": Access Management Stakeholders
Access management group has key role in U.S. 50 corridor study (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Faulty Sewer Line At Silver Springs
SSGID Trustee wants to pursue contractors over defects in Four Corners sewer line (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Dirty Anaconda
Stakeholder meeting, ATSDR availability session slated for next week (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Wilson Canyon Trail
Yerington residents hope for trail in Wilson Canyon (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nye County
The Rising Cost Of Nye County Employees
Power struggle continues with sheriff, commission (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Coming Attractions At The County Commission
Subdivisions, strip clubs (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pregnant Pause
Pahrump Women's Medical Center suddenly closes doors (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Purged UNLV President
The chancellor speaks (Vegas Pundit Website)
Public Schools
Declining Academic Standards
8th Grade Requirements -- In 1924
A real test...What does 1924 8th grade exam say about education system? (Dave Sanford column, Mason Valley News)
And In 1895
What It Took To Get An Eighth Grade Education In 1895: Take The Test If You Dare, And Be Willing To Fail (Nevada Observer special feature)
Lyon County School District
School Trustees considering rollover bond option Different than traditional bond issues done now; would keep tax rate same. (Mason Valley News article)
YES to start full-day Kindergarten next fall (Mason Valley News article)
LCSD fills numerous grant-funded positions: FHS principal moves to district professional development administrator. (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Water Matters
SNWA's Suction Plan

"It reminds us of what happened in Bishop, Calif., after the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power took the entire Owens River, put it in an aqueduct and shipped it 200 miles to LA. Bishop to this day is landlocked and without water for growth. All of the water rights surrounding the town are owned by LA. Not satisfied with merely taking a river, LA came back and pumped the aquifer around Bishop for groundwater and put that in a second aqueduct to LA."

Dave Tilford takes on the Las Vegas water grabbers (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
Truckee River
City supports Truckee River watershed study (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Walker River
Walker River Tribe hopes go to bid soon on Weber Dam project (Mason Valley News article)

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Nevada Utilities
Going Up

"Spring Creek residents with personal wells and septic systems may be expressing sighs of relief after the Spring Creek Utilities Co. recently requested water rate increases of up to 58 percent and whopping sewer rate increases of 4,175 percent."

Spring Creek: Company seeks big rate hike (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada
From The US Congress
Ensign Objection Halts Asbestos Bill (Sen. Ensign Press Release)
Gibbons Calls on Chertoff to Explain Funding Decisions: Why was Las Vegas, One of the Nation’s Top 6 Cities of Concern, Not Found Eligible for Security Grant Program? (Rep. Gibbons Press Release)
Hazardous Waste Shipments Leaving Nevada
Heavy metal isn't just music: Transuranic waste shipments headed out of state (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Unwarranted Surveillance
Judge Orders Spying Documents Released (Associated Press article)

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Nevada's Past
The Ruins Of Rhyolite
Three-dimensional ghost town (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Preservation

Pahrump Museum moves onward, outward (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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February 19, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Ballot Petitions And Initiatives
Tax And Spending Control (TASC)
Gibbons rejects spending control initiative (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Gibbons opposes petition by Beers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Gibbons rejects tax limit amendment (Nevada Appeal* article)
Gibbons opposes Nevada spending limits proposal (Nevada AP article)
Gibbons opposes spending limits plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Official Gibbons Statement Regarding TASC (Eric Odom column, Battle Born News Blog)
In Defense of Opposition to TASC (Chuck Muth column, Battle Born News Blog)
2006 Republican Candidates
Republican gubernatorial candidates at Lincoln’s Day fete (Elko Free Press article)
2006 Congressional Races
Montana governor backs Jill Derby for Congress (Nevada Appeal* article)
Electing Judges
Should the voters pick their judges? (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
AG Investigation Into Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal

"Selby defended the 10 weeks that it took city staff to gather 18,000 documents delivered to Senn Meulemans, the law firm conducting the investigation on behalf of the attorney general's office. Many of the documents were in archives or various departments, he said in a letter to investigators."

City manager defends pace of actions in Walters probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Dirty Anaconda
Nevada mine cleanup languished as regulators bickered, documents show (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
Clark County
A Developing Story
Henderson looks at assets, master plan changes (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Go Somewhere Else
Heritage takes another hit (Las Vegas Sun article)
New Las Vegas Identity Fraud Slogan
JANE ANN MORRISON: As new ads show, lying about job can be fun -- if you avoid trash talk (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Douglas County
Controlling Growth
DA urges annual 2% cap on residential building permits (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Elko County
Freighting Center Planned
Plan for railport sought (Elko Free Press article)
Lake Tahoe
Shorezone Ordinance
One of TRPA's most important actions (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Wildlife Preservation
Bald eagle could leave endangered list, Tahoe behind for recovery (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Washoe County
Supreme Court Decision On Washoe County Assessor's Practices
Not so fast (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
County Thinks They're Junk
Man fights to keep antique fire engines (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
White Pine County
Latest On County Financial Crisis
White Pine County borrows $500,000 from state (Ely Times article)
What the property tax increase means to you (Ely Times article)
Higher taxes may help county's financial plight, but lawmaker worried cure could curb growth (Ely Times article)
City Problems Come To A Head In Ely
City Council slams mayor with ethics complaint (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement
Methamphetamine Matters
Symposium sheds light on local meth 'epidemic' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Doing battle with the meth scourge (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)
Hung Up
Jury unable to decide if former state Senate candidate guilty in pot bust (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Shut Down
Radio host Floyd goes off the air: Memphis-based broadcasting company shuts down; no word on possible return (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Brawling Prisoners
Racial fights becoming problem at county jail (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Education Matters
The Board Of Regents And The Chancellor
At the Board of Regents, a very public pas de deux (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Health Matters
Expect The Worst
PLANNING FOR PANDEMIC: Summit examines flu fears -- Guinn, federal official Leavitt lead wide-ranging discussion (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Respect The Best
Official gathers health center strategies: Tour of Nevada facility provides concepts for rest of nation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca science data endorsed: New Bush administration report describes project work as 'strong,' 'valid' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Homeland Security Funding
County wants talk with Chertoff (Las Vegas Sun article)
Federal Lands
Feds want to sell more than 2,000 acres of Tahoe forest (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Grazing fees drop to $1.56 per AUM in 2006 (Ely Times article)
Protesting Budget Cuts
Protesters take aim at proposed budget cuts: Democratic activists rail at 'drastic and callous' plan (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Proposed Internet Gambling Ban
Internet gambling: Congress should reject expansion of the regulatory state (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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February 20, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Competence comes first (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
SHERMAN FREDERICK: A story of potty politics (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
A Different Kind Of Candidate: No C&E Report Or Financial Disclosure Filed With The Nevada Secretary Of State

Leola McConnell, Liberal Democrat For Governor Of Nevada 2006

2006 C&E/ Financial Disclosure Reports

The Knappster (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife, June 9, 2005)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

Hafen set to launch campaign for Congress (Las Vegas Sun article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Augustine's candidacy puts spotlight on treasurer race (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

Spending limits and the chamber -- Business group opposes proposed constitutional amendment (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Voting In 2006

HAVA Debacle

"The company, paid $1.2 million so far, missed every deadline. And a weeklong demonstration scheduled last week to convince county clerks and voter registrars that the system would be ready was cut short."

Heller's voter system plan misses deadline (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada Republican Party
RNC chief says GOP will fight for Nevada: Mehlman visits LV for speech to black caucus (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
GOP head calls drug plan problems 'unacceptable' (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Lack Of Accountability In Legislative Appropriations
ERIN NEFF: Where's the money? Who knows? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Related Story

Corruption Potential High In Nevada -- Little Opportunity To Catch Thieves (Nevada Observer article)

AG's Investigation Of Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
City's Lack Of Cooperation
City must cooperate (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Investigation may take several more months (Las Vegas Sun article)
City's Lack Of Credibility
Jon Ralston on why it doesn't pay to trust the city government when it comes to the Bill Walters scandal: History not on the city's side (Las Vegas Sun column)
Stories About A Study You Can't See, On A Deal That Was Never Written Down
Walters land deal called good one for Las Vegas: Independent study commissioned by the Sun shows taxpayers would gain up to $38 million and Bill Walters would get $12.2 million if Royal Links Golf Club is allowed to become a residential development (Las Vegas Sun article)
Brian Greenspan on how taxpayers got the better of Bill Walters in Royal Links deal (Las Vegas Sun column)
Mayor, Walters view report as confirmation (Las Vegas Sun article)
Local Government
Clark County
State Wants Closer Look At Youth Hellhole
State seeks more control of shelter (Las Vegas Sun article)
Las Vegas and the First Amendment
 THOMAS MITCHELL: Another shovelful of your tax money (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority's Big Budget Plans
Hal Rothman on why it's important for the LVCVA to invest big in the convention center (Las Vegas Sun column)
Washoe County
Eminent Domain
Washoe moves to buy historic ranch (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Cheating And Plagiarism
Nevada schools to adopt code of honor to curb student cheating (Nevada AP article)
Clark County School District
School district plans to add career, technical academies (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Water Matters
Carson River
Fixing the river: Flood damage to Carson River could put ranchers' water at risk (Nevada Appeal* article)
Costs high, funds low for river repair (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Law Enforcement
Paying The Police
Recruiting a top concern of police departments: Finding qualified people to don uniforms no easy task (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Meanwhile, a Las Vegas police officer collected an average of $3,007 in overtime pay, even though Goins and Wu each pulled down more than $83,000 in overtime pay and "call-back" pay, both of which are paid at a time-and-a-half rate."

Overtime pay adds up for some officers: Allowances for night shift, other extras increase salary (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
CONTRACT FOR COPS: Paying for protection -- Taxpayers will pay more for police salaries, no matter what arbitrator decides (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Bush's nuclear energy plans don't sway Yucca foes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Las Vegas Corruption Trial
JOHN L. SMITH: Focus on side stories threatens main objectives in political corruption case (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Patriot Act Extension
WASHINGTON DIGEST: Path clear for Patriot Act extension -- Compromise endorsed in 96-3 Senate vote; final vote to extend act expected March 1 (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Homeland Security Funding
Questions likely to linger: Homeland Security Department chief's closed-door briefing on reasons Las Vegas' security funding was cut should be fortified with a visit to the slighted tourist town (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Federal Land Sales
Putting public lands in private hands (Kirk Caraway column, Nevada Appeal*)

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February 21, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
No Disclosure Of Gifts, So What? --  What Are You Going To Do About It?
DISCLOSURE SURVEY: Rules on freebies flexible -- Politicians get around $200 limit on gifts (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

Tessa Hafen Announces Her Run Against Rep. Porter
Miniglean 02/20/2006 (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

Tessa Hafen Website

2006 Local Races
Sparks mayoral race takes shape (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Marijuana Measure

Pot petitioners call current law a 'miserable failure': Goal is to pull marijuana out of the criminal market, tax its sale (Nevada Appeal* article)
Church And State In Nevada
New bishop to be politically active (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Nevada Politics In General
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Henderson woman bloviates on TV -- Self-professed presidential hopeful takes up unwed mothers with Fox News' O'Reilly (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Reaction To Yesterday's Las Vegas Sun Stories On The Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
The Sun shines on Walters (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Another case of arrested development (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

Newsprint sadly wasted to publish Sun, independent study shows (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)

If I Had a Bird, This Would Line the Cage (SeanS column, Battle Born News Blog)
Power Company Wants To Pass On $437 Million In Mismanagement Costs To Consumers
High court to hear rate case: Millions at stake in issue spawned by energy crisis (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Pandemic Planning
BIRD FLU: Pandemic questions abound -- State, local officials beginning to coordinate response to disease (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Willing To Serve
Dozen lawyers seek appointment to two vacant judgeships: Two district attorneys among the applicants for Third Judicial District Court seat (Nevada Appeal* article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Trying To Make The City A Better Place
Parks and Rec unveils city trails plan (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
A Startling Innovation

"Clark County, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, facing growth-fueled demands for additional public services and facilities, are considering the region's first development impact fees."

Impact fees may soon hit home: Local governments considering new charges (Las Vegas Sun article)
A Different Kind Of Tourist
Nature in an unnatural setting: Tourism getting a boost from visitors who bypass casino glitz for a hike in the desert (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Washoe County
About Time
Officials hope to begin smaller flood-control projects soon (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Graffiti Problems
What to do about the graffiti explosion: Call it street art, tagging or simply vandalism, it's a growing problem across Northern Nevada (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Water Matters

Carson River
Cost to repair flood damage along Carson River to run $5 million (Nevada AP article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Selling Self-Improvement

"The challenge in Southern Nevada is that CCSN officials not only have to sell their own institution, they have to sell the value of education itself, Morgan and other marketing officials said. The Las Vegas Valley's comparatively low cost of living and generally favorable wages in the service industry entice many high school graduates. They go directly into the workforce and don't even consider college."

Changing image worth more than words can say (Las Vegas Sun story)
Public Schools
Washoe County School District
"Socio-Economic Segregation" To Benefit Upscale Housing Development Charged; School District Denies Knowledge
School rezoning plan upsets parents: Students who now walk would have to ride buses (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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From The Neon Empire
MGM-Mirage's Macau Partner Is Eldest Daughter Of Alleged Triad Boss
JANE ANN MORRISON: Family ties in Macau necessitate gaming board's hearing, if only for show (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Casino Operator Fined
Casino owner agrees to pay $200,000 fine: Estey lied to state gaming regulators (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Clean Water Act
Supremes to hear big water case (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Don't fill in that puddle! 'Wetlands' cases advance to the U.S. Supreme Court (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Rep. Porter's New Bill
Don't federalize crimes against cops (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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February 21 Updates

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Late-Breaking Gem
Recommended Parody
Digging deep into the Walters land deal (Las Vegas Gleaner)

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race

Republican Primary

ERIN NEFF: Somebody get this party started (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)

Democratic Primary

Dina Titus needs nod from top Democrat (Lahontan Valley News* editorial)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

Former Reid aide launches campaign: Henderson resident stresses area roots (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
The slate for treasurer keeps growing (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Local Elections

Clark County Sheriff

Sheriff's race an in-house face-off: Lt. Ron Williams will run against his boss, Sheriff Bill Young, in next election (Las Vegas Sun article)

Clark County Commission

Councilmen tapped for fundraiser (Las Vegas Sun article)
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Schmitt denies any wrongdoing in 2004 campaign money report (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Dirty Anaconda Cleanup Scandal
Cleanup languished amid bickering: Internal documents on mine mistakenly turned over to whistle-blower (Nevada AP article)
Local Government
City And County Of Carson
Citizens Protest Development Project
Neighbors oppose Vicee Canyon plan (Nevada Appeal* article)
Clark County
Developer Wants A Government Of His Own To Issue Bonds, Subsidize Project
Developer seeks way to pay for facilities (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Economic Opportunities Board Goes Broke
EOB: As poor as the poor? Stripped of Head Start, anti-poverty agency looks for a mission and sources of money (Las Vegas Sun article)
General Update On Las Vegas Affairs
Sin City Update: "Mr. Clean Face;" Missing police report; Buffalo wins another judgment; "Oscar's Speakeasy;" and Mayor obstructs justice (Steve Miller column, AmericanMafia.com)
Labor Shortage
LAS VEGAS EMPLOYMENT: Businesses say workers lacking -- Companies growing but say it takes a while to find employees (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Purged UNLV President
Harter exit prompts rethinking of Rogers' powers: Faculty Senate to vote on whether regents should reclaim control (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
School district to explore idea of retrofits to save on bills (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Washoe County School District
School principals declare impasse in labor negotiations: Federal mediator to intervene in dispute over cuts in health insurance plans (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Utilities
Solar Power
Why we can't let the sun shine (Ian Mylchreest column)

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Federal Nevada
Federal Land Sales
Opposition to selling forest land grows (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Clean Water Act Case
A watershed case for wetlands: Court to consider challenge to the Clean Water Act amid a flood of conflicting viewpoints (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
In The US Congress
HEALTH INFORMATION: Aim of bill to cut errors -- Porter plans to introduce measure for electronic medical histories (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada's Past
Endangered Stewart Indian School
 Plenty of historical preservation projects (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Great Basin College
‘History Lives’ lecture series kicks off Tuesday at museum (Elko Free Press article)
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February 22, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Federal Lobbying Scandal
Earmarks And Line-Item Vetoes
Congressional spendthrifts (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

"They must give up the ability to write legislation that benefits favored individuals or groups or companies at the expense of others."

Solution to lobbying scandal simple (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
2006 Governor's Race
Will Gibson Make It To Minden? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Beers renews demand for debates with front-runner Gibbons (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nosotros con Dina committee formed (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Las Vegas consultant seeks treasurer's office (Nevada Appeal* article)
New Candidate's Website

Geoffrey VanderPal (D)

2006 Ballot Petitions And Initiatives

Marijuana Measure

In search of a slogan (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Local Elections

Clark County Commission

Jon Ralston on what it takes to overtake a head start in the Clark County Commission race (Las Vegas Sun column)
The mayor who can't say no (Vegas Pundit website)
Oscar shills for Chris (Vegas Pundit website)

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Nevada Government
State Government
AG Investigation Of That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
City document turns up (Vegas Pundit website)
Judicial Vacancies
Seven candidates apply to fill seat of retiring judge (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
Clark County
Developer's Personal Government Proposal
Developer's plan for general improvement district advances: But county will amend Coyote Springs agreement with Whittemore (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Hidden Costs Of Development Projects

"Within the next decade, Clark County anticipates between 45,000 and 75,000 new rooms will be constructed. That translates into more than 100,000 additional vehicles on the already-clogged freeway, according to a study conducted by the Regional Transportation Commission."

Strip's growth causing I-15 woes: Each new hotel room adds 2.3 vehicles a day to busy freeway (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas And Free Speech
Free speech has consequences: But government action against 'gangsta' rap is constitutionally dubious (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Washoe County
Developing Land Greed

"'It's fiscal homicide for the next generation,' he said. 'Government bodies adopt policies to encourage investors and landowners to push the envelope and then get cities and county to do unfortunate things, and citizens have to pay later.'"

Residents get another chance to voice opinions on annexation (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

"It lays out the next 100 years' worth of urban sprawl on exactly the same pattern that has blocked our access to the public land, abused our limited water resources and given us expanded traffic congestion, air pollution and other avoidable urban ills over the past several decades."

Regional plan would add to our urban ills (Catherine Smith column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Developing Situation In Cold Springs
Today's hot meeting: Reno council may re-zone Cold Springs for 6,752 homes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Regional Transportation
RTC eyes new funding for shuttle bus service (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Sparks looks to future with new transit center (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
No Government Immunity

"His district court suit charges that Gammick and Helzer then tried to get the school district to fire him, made false allegations about his character and job performance with the county and demanded that Botello not be allowed to participate in any investigations because they would refuse to file any case he was involved with."

Lawsuit against Washoe DA to go back to district court (Nevada Appeal* article)
Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal in Gammick lawsuit: Whistleblower 'will finally get his day in court,' lawyer says (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Appealed Decision
Botello v. Gammick, et al.
Flood Relief A Morass Of Paperwork And Pre-Conditions
Homeowners seek flood relief answers (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The Chancellor And The Regents

"The faculty hoped their resolution would serve as a warning that regents have given away the duties their constituents elected them to carry out."

Faculty urges regents to retake power to fire: Board members differ on recommendation by UNLV teachers (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
UNLV faculty wants to rein in powerful chancellor (Las Vegas Sun article)
Clip the chancellor's wings (Vegas Pundit website)
Public Schools
Schools may be testing poverty as much as learning (Lorie Schaefer column, Nevada Appeal*)
Carson City School District
Harassment at Carson High School (Joe Enge column, Battle Born News Blog)
Clark County School District
Wake-up call for schools District considers later start times for teens, but a new schedule would play havoc with buses (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Utilities
Distribution Of Costs For Bad Business Practices
Court to decide who pays $437 million electric bill (Las Vegas Sun article)
Cutting Back On The Increase
Nevada Power to lower its rate increase request (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Sithe Plant At Mesquite
Company to continue plans for power plant (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Dunphy Plant
Power Plant: Newmont site a beehive of activity (Elko Free Press article)

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Federal Nevada
Homeland Security Funding
Homeland Security's decision challenged (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Ancestral Lands
Shoshones to take dispute over ancestral lands to U.N. (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada tribe returns to U.N. to claim racism in treaty violations (Nevada AP article)
Government Secrecy Moving To New Level
Rewriting History With An Eraser
Government hiding a time bomb: Historians reveal federal government's yearslong, embarrassing effort to revoke the public's access to decades-old intelligence documents and correspondence (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Defendants Seek Dismissal In Mistrial Case
Prosecutors say their error no reason to toss out case: Failure to disclose materials forces judge to weigh new trial, dismissal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Administration Cuts To Food Program Budget
Proposed budget changes removes commodities program: Program participants to be shifted to existing supplemental food programs (Nevada Appeal* article)
A foolish proposal to save money (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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From The Neon Empire
Indicted MGM Official Resigns
MGM director leaves board: Official indicted last week in connection with wiretap scandal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Other News
Survey says Bellagio is the belle of the Strip (Las Vegas Business Press article)
Arizona Charlie's Boulder undergoes expansion (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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Nevada's Past
Nevada Drinking
Virginia City saloons exhibit attracts Smithsonian attention (Reno Gazette-Journal article - scroll down)
Nevada Divorce

How crumbling relationships helped save Reno: Nevada Historical Society curator talks about Reno's internationally renowned divorce trade (Nevada Appeal* article)

Presentation studies economy built upon broken marriages (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Updates for February 22, 2006

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Federal Nevada
Nevada BLM Site Finally Up!!!
Had Been Down Since April 2005

Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA)

Federal Land Status In Nevada

Yerington Mine (Anaconda) Cleanup

BLM Nevada website

Spring Mountains Recreational Area
Spring Mountains meeting scheduled (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Nevada Politics
From The US Congress
Ensign Calls For Halt Of Seaports Security Deal Pending Review (Sen. Ensign Press Release Feb. 21, 2006)
Reid: Senate Must Act To Ensure Security Of America's Ports (Sen. Reid Press Release Feb. 21, 2006)
Gibbons Expresses Concern over Future of Port Security: Proposed Purchase by UAE-Owned Company to Run U.S. Ports Needs Further Review (Rep. Gibbons Press Release Feb. 20, 2006)
Gibbons Supports Legislation to Suspend UAE Port Deal: Bill Requires Investigation and Gives Congress Power to Stop the Sale (Rep. Gibbons Press Release Feb. 21, 2006)
Jon Ralston Interview With Sen. Harry Reid (From Vegas Pundit website)
Part 1; Part 2
League of Conservation Voters Rates Nevada's Congressional Delegation
Conservation Scorecard (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

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February 23, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Drum roll please . . .Yes, Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson did make it to Minden! (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
New Entries
Las Vegans enter political races (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 3

ERIN NEFF: Hafen trying to buck the trend (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Trading Places
Berman now running for state controller: Republican quits state secretary race (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 Local Races

Elko County Sheriff

Metro Vet Makes Anti-Meth Proposals A Central Theme
Wellington plans to run for sheriff (Elko Free Press article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
From The Office Of The State Demographer
POPULATION INCREASE: Nevada cities grow fast -- North Las Vegas closing in on Reno (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Lyon fastest-growing county in state - again: 2.5 million now call Nevada home; state fastest growing in the nation for 19th year (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada State Demographer (Latest information not posted on website yet)
AG's Investigation Of Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
A clear look at the Walters deal: Independent study shows that Las Vegas would gain up to $38 million in benefits if residential development is allowed on Royal Links site (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
State Mental Hospital
Report prompts changes at state mental hospital (Las Vegas Sun article)
State Legislature
Committee authorizes audit of board: State senator alleges budget deficit covered up (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Nevada Supreme Court
$kindustry Case: How Vague Are The Words "Fondle" And "Caress"?
Las Vegas ordinance on strip clubs kindles justices' interest (Las Vegas Sun article)
Justices urged to overturn dance rulings (Nevada AP article)
The Challenged Ordinance
Las Vegas Municipal Code on "Erotic Dance Establishments"
Related Story

Anything Goes? (Nevada Observer article)

Recent 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Case

Gammoh v. City of La Habra

Nevada State Bar
Ongoing Runner And Capper Investigation
JANE ANN MORRISON: Tow truck tales evoke more stories of lawyers' unethical fee-splitting (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Local Government
Municipal Cable Monopoly Agreements
What’s Local Government Have Against Lower Cable Rates? (Chuck Muth column, Battle-Born News Blog)
Clark County
Commissioners Raise Concerns About Increased Traffic, Then Issue Permit

"At least nine new casinos and high-rise condominiums are expected to be built along Las Vegas Boulevard south of Pebble Road over the next five years."

Hotel-casino gets OK to build (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
Elko Convention And Visitors Authority Won't Subsidize Airport
ECVA balks at airport funding request (Elko Free Press article)
Nye County
The Books Checked Out
Town's audit 'clean' (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Local Health Crisis
The doctor is not in: Women left out in the cold following physicians' dispute (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Washoe County
More Questions, Few Answers About Rush To Annex Distant Parcels
Residents, officials continue to debate development plan (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Clark County School District
Breaking up district will be hard to do: Lawmakers still debating who should do deconsolidation study (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
District's dropout rate declines (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Utilities
Rate Hike Wrangles
Consumer advocate urges power rate cut (Nevada AP article)
State high court to consider Nevada Power's rate appeal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Yucca feeling heat on humidity: Stop-work order prompted by failure to calibrate gauges (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada Test Site
Subcritical nuclear experiment scheduled (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Outsourcing US National Security Work To Foreigners
Nevada delegation united in opposition (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
U.S. must be in charge of security (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Prescription Drug Plan
Senior vote may surprise GOP The prescription drug plan may not be the party's ticket to victory in midterm elections (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

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Updates for February 23, 2006

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Court Strikes Down Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative's Descriptive Language
TASC introductory language struck down (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
More Sun shining (Steve Sebelius column, Las Vegas CityLife)

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February 24, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws

Gifts To Public Officials

"'Should lawmakers be prohibited from accepting these kinds of gifts from lobbyists?' he asked. The answer was a resounding yes. The survey found that 85.6 percent of voters believed a ticket ban was justified."

JOHN L. SMITH: Pollster finds comp issue still might be some politicians' ticket to defeat (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions

Tax And Spending Control (TASC)

Judge orders revision of tax initiative's explanation (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Beers tax petition will undergo another rewrite (Nevada Appeal* article)
Nevada spending limits proposal hits roadblock (Nevada AP article)
Judge rules spending petition language 'incomplete, inaccurate' (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Governor's Race

Democratic Candidates

Gubernatorial candidates support state workers' bargaining rights (Las Vegas Sun article)
Gibson, Titus differ slightly on arbitration for state workers: Gibson would support collective bargaining for salaries, benefits and working conditions (Nevada Appeal* article)

Republican Candidates

Candidates draw a line on state spending (Nevada Appeal* editorial)

Rep. Jim Gibbons

Touring in the Gib-bus (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Dina Titus

Hispanic community leaders form group to support Titus (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Firefighters, medics endorse Titus (Nevada Appeal* article)

Mayor Jim Gibson

Gibson 2006: Dead in the water. (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
2006 Congressional Races

Congressional District 2

Three Rs, one D, all on a stage (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Congressional District 3

Jon Ralston on what it will take for Reid's protegee to run a close race against Porter: Tough Hafen could present a challenge (Las Vegas Sun column)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
The awkward anointment (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
2006 Local Races

Clark County

Sleaze Starts Early
Are you a pothead, Chris G? (George Knapp column, Las Vegas CityLife)
Democratic Party Identity Crisis
Friendly fire (Dennis Myers article, Reno News & Review)

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Nevada Government
State Government
State Judiciary
More Accountability
J.A.I.L. group goes after judges: South Dakota organization will target Nevada if November initiative is successful (Las Vegas Sun article)
More Litigious
Increasing caseloads concern court officials: New study shows explosive growth in case filings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Flawed Probe
Highway Patrol ordered to give troopers back pay: Judge rules they were subject to 'flawed' probe (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
From The Nevada Supreme Court
$130,000 Condo Sold For $10,100 To Satisfy Homeowners' Association Dues
All is lost in brutal game: Association picks up the chips (Las Vegas Sun article)
Court Hears Arguments In $kindustry Case
Court considers where to draw the line between strippers, patrons (Nevada Appeal* article)
State Agencies, College System Not "Persons" For Purposes Of Whistleblowing Lawsuits

Simonian v. Univ. & Cmty. Coll. Sys.

Voluntary DNA Sample Not A Search; Prosecutorial Misconduct Mandates Resentencing In Washoe Case

Herman v. State

Court: Man can't prohibit use of DNA (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada court orders new sentencing in Reno murder case (Nevada AP article)
Defendant's Presence Not Compulsory At Preliminary Examinations
State v. Sargent
Convicted Rapist To Stay Behind Bars
Conviction for 40 counts of rape upheld (Nevada Appeal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
Higher Admission Standards
Low admission standards doom many to failure (Michael Wixom column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
Expanding Operations
Nevada State College to lease more space (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Public Schools
Carson City School District
Historical Pig In Lipstick (Chuck Muth column, Battle-Born News Blog)
Clark County School District
Board OKs $290,000 salary for superintendent of schools (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
High school dropout rate shows a drop: More valley teens stick it out (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Nevada Utilities
Gerlach Coal-Burning Power Plant

"Let's push our representatives to tell us how they'll vote when Sempra's on the agenda. Then we can donate, campaign and vote accordingly."

 Don't need no stinkin' coal plant (Deidre Pike column, Reno News & Review)

Calif. policy prompts downsize in Gerlach energy plant (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Who Must Pay: PUC Denial Of Rate Hike In Nevada Supreme Court
Justices doubtful over rate case cut: Utility wants disallowed expenses restored (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Calif. policy prompts downsize in Gerlach energy plant (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Nuclear industry envisions expansion of Yucca project: 77,000-ton capacity seen as 'artificial limit' (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Nevada Test Site
Nuclear test performed (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
U.S., Britain conduct nuclear experiment at Nevada Test Site (Nevada AP article)
Homeland Defense Funding
Failure to fund is a blow to safety: Snub may put valley in peril (Las Vegas Sun article)
Clark County Economic Opportunity Board
Head Start rulings to stand (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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From The Neon Empire
Gangster Rap Music Censorship Challenged
NEVADA GAMING COMMISSION: Attorney: Rap ban is censorship -- ACLU representative says attempts to limit 'gangsta rap' illegal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
ACLU warns against restrictions on Nevada casino entertainment (Nevada AP article)
Mobile Gaming Devices
Nevada regulators move ahead on mobile gambling rules (Nevada AP article)
MGM-Mirage Gains
MGM Mirage profit rises 31 percent in fourth quarter (Nevada AP article)
Wynn Loses
Wynn Resorts loses $11.4 million in fourth quarter (Nevada AP article)

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February 25, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Republican Candidates
GOP candidates campaign in Elko, seeking rural support (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Nevada's Wretched Campaign Finance Laws
Gift, bribe? Definitions, if you please (Ellie Lopez Bowlan column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Let's propose an initiative to stop the initiative process: Sponsored by the committee to stop really, really stupid ideas (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)

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Nevada Government
State Government
NDOT Praised
Helping commuters: Restriping will improve traffic flow (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)
Local Government
Clark County
"Edgy" Clubs Warned
NEW YEAR'S FLAP: County puts clubs on notice -- Tao, Body English warned in underage celeb incident (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
North Las Vegas Redevelopment Plans
NLV planners link redevelopment project to roadway plan: Proposal would create five districts along future North Fifth Street superarterial (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Developers Want Higher Density Zoning Changes
Developers seeking ways to dodge building costs (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Ride-Along Assault Rifles
$100,000 to buy police rifles: Secret donor earmarks money for gun purchases after deadly shootout (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Elko County
Robust Increase
Growing Strong: Elko County’s population on the rise (Elko Free Press article)
Closed Sale Of City Land For Below Highest Appraised Value
Carlin council clears way for hotel-casino (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County
Inequitable Taxes
Board agrees to hold future hearing on Incline taxes (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
The Strange Story Of County Flood Control
Flood money: The New Year’s Eve Flood sparks debate on what we learned from the Flood of 1997 and whether the new flood project is putting our resources in the right places (D. Brian Burghart article, Reno News & Review)
Trying To Get A Straight Answer From County Administrators

A tale of two taxes: Sales taxes were hiked in 1998 to pay for ReTRAC and flood and public safety. Let's catch up with our cash (D. Brian Burghart article, Reno News & Review)

County Civil Affairs Plan: Government-Trained Leadership Cadres
Whatever Happened To Teaching Civics In School?
Trained leaders needed (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Washoe County officials strive for public involvement (Reno Gazette-Journal* article)
Reno-Sparks Convention Authority

Oppenheim accepts $225,000 RSCVA post (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

Tourism agency picks chief: Board must negotiate compensation package with San Diego woman (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
White Pine County
Coping With Financial Crisis
Taxation unhappy with 2% electric fee (Ely Times article)
Airport Expansion
Airport plans to extend runway for larger planes (Ely Times article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
An Administrator's Swollen Salary
An absurd giveaway: School Board gives Rulffes a preposterously generous pay raise (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Utilities
Expectation Reduced
Nevada Power Co. reduces latest rate increase proposal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas Needs It
Exec says Las Vegas needs Ely power plant (Ely Times article)
No Nukes
President's call for more nuclear power plants will not be heeded in Nevada (Ely Times article)

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Nevada's Environment
Invasive Species
Invasion of the species: Desert's delicate ecosystem at risk (Las Vegas Sun article)
Educating newcomers about natives: Increasing numbers of invasive, non-native plants and aquatic life are overrunning Nevada's wildlands and threatening the survival of native species (Las Vegas Sun editorial)

Nevada Invasive Species (USDA website)

Lake Tahoe's Troubles
Land use fines at Lake Tahoe criticized as too weak (Nevada AP article)
Las Vegas Developers Meet Arizona Snags
NORTHWEST ARIZONA GROWTH: Water warnings issued -- Two developers cautioned about their proposals coming up dry (Las Vegas Review-Journal article)
Arizona water officials put Las Vegas developers on notice (Nevada AP article)

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Federal Nevada
Ancestral Lands
U.N. panel says it can't consider Shoshone claim, blames U.S. (Nevada AP article)
Shoshones to call on UN for help (Ely Times article)

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Updates for February 24, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 US Senate Race
Sen. Ensign's Record On US Port Security Questioned
The Hair-Do has a moment of candor (Hugh Jackson column, Las Vegas Gleaner)
2006 Governor's Race
Wants Debates
Bob Beers Comes Out Charging! (Eric Odom column, Battle-Born News Blog)

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From The Neon Empire
Rumored Hard Rock Casino Sale
Hard Rock cancels condos (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
Hard Rock for Sale? (Richard Abowitz column, latimes.com Blog)
Mobile Gaming Devices
Control board takes the next step (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)
More On Gangster Rap Censorship Charges

Casinos and ACLU parse Sheriff's Letter on Gangsta Rap (Richard Abowitz column, latimes.com Blog)

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February 26, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Congressional Lobbyist Scandal
Jon Ralston on Politics: 'GOP scandal' sticks to Reid (In Business Las Vegas column)
2006 Congressional Races
Congressional District 2
A few quotables (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Battle Mountain surprises (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 Legislative Races
Assembly District 36
Amargosa Dairy Manager To Run For State Assembly
Goedhart makes it official (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Assembly District 39
Reelection Plans? Maybe, Maybe Not
Hettrick hedges on plans (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
2006 Local Races
Washoe County Sheriff
Sheriff Balaam announces retirement, Haley will run (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada Government
Local Government
Clark County
Metro Pay Negotiations
Sheriff swaps sides on pay: Managers back union proposal (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Enhanced Convention Center will boost weak months (In Business Las Vegas article)
Affordable Housing
Affordable housing remains scarce; solutions are elusive (In Business Las Vegas article)
Allegiant Air
Vegas carrier sees big expansion on horizon (In Business Las Vegas article)
Douglas County
Population Up 4.8 Percent
Douglas population tops 50,000 (Gardnerville Record-Courier* article)
Developing Issues
Master plan is a guideline (Gardnerville Record-Courier* editorial)
Churchill County
Package Wastewater Treatment Plant
County awards bid for utility site preparation (Lahontan Valley News* article)
Lake Tahoe
Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act
SNPLMA funds for more than land grab (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Round 6 helps water projects (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Recreational Land Acquisition
Paying for Incline Lake (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Incline Village General Improvement District
IVGID faces tough budget choices (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
What if North Shore didn't have a conference center? (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
Lyon County
Development's Dreamscape
County grows by 9.4 percent: According to Nevada State Demographer’s July, 2005, population estimates; Fernley growth leads way at 18.7 (Mason Valley News article)
Implementing impact fees in County’s hands (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Fernley
Council approves zoning map amendment on Rancho Road (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Silver Springs General Improvement District
SSGID budget figures don’t include District Manager (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Yerington
Mine air monitoring shows few contaminants exceed limits (Mason Valley News article)
Walker River Litigation
Tribe, WRID both oppose motion to clarify case management order: Landolts had filed motion in response to prior show cause ruling (Mason Valley News article)
No Help For It
Six Mile Canyon Road repair receiving no help from FEMA: Other funding options are being examined (Fernley Leader-Courier article)
Nye County
Show Cause Hearing Dismissed In $kindustry Case
County settles strip club litigation (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Incorporation
Commissioners balk at cityhood (Pahrump Valley Times article)
Pahrump Regional Planning Commission
Time for voters to decide RPC membership (Pahrump Valley Times editorial)
Pahrump Senior Center
What can the Town Board do to avoid getting involved in a suit? (Pahrump Valley Times article)
The Strange Story Of The Ballarat Bandit
Ballarat Bandit identified (Pahrump Valley Times article)
'Ballarat Bandit' tale unfolds: Elusive hermit was Canadian fugitive (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Public Schools
Churchill County School District
Board OKs resolution to ban student tobacco use (Lahontan Valley News* article)

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Nevada's Environment
Shine On
Solar rebates give sunny incentives (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)
End Of The Plague?
Signs point to end of cricket woes in northern Nevada (North Lake Tahoe Bonanza article)

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Nevada's Past
Pahrump's New Museum
Pahrump's historical past could be vital to tourism (Pahrump Valley Times article)

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Updates for February 26, 2006

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Nevada Politics
Voting 2006
HAVA Debacle

"Three veteran Nevada election officials say they doubt the statewide voter registration system will ever work properly and they're sending Secretary of State Dean Heller a letter saying so."

Statewide voter system put on hold; officials doubt it will work (Nevada Appeal* article)
2006 Lieutenant Governor's Race
A Developing Voice Offers Sprawling New Prospects
Developer may run for lieutenant governor: Unger sees post as chance to spur growth (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Tainting The Ticket
Chairman wants GOP to disown Augustine: Former controller was reprimanded (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
State GOP could shun Augustine (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative
Unions to help craft tax-limit measure: The next step in the spending restraint initiative (Las Vegas Review-Journal* editorial)

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Nevada Government
State Government
The Fortunate Mr. Walters And His Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
Sun Report's Credibility Enters The Twilight Zone
Report citing golf course deal's benefits questioned (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
THOMAS MITCHELL: 'What a deal! What a deal'! A Sot's Fable (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
NDOT Resource Allocations
Try Imposing Development Impact Fees To Approximate Real Cost Allocation In A Non-Subsidized, Free Market Setting
SHERMAN FREDERICK: Vegas lament: Carson City gets new road (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Local Government
Clark County
Edgy Clubs
Las Vegas clubs warned for underage celebrity incident (Nevada AP article)
Median Price Only $300,000 Now
Median price of Las Vegas homes fall in January (Nevada AP article)
Elko County
Osino Railport Plans
County hears about railport (Elko Free Press article)
Subsidizing Airport Expansion
Elko again looks at airport traffic control (Elko Free Press article)
Washoe County
Excellent Questions; Good Point

"They see the scenic hillsides of Northern Nevada and important wildlife habitat disappearing in favor of vast tracts of homes. They see traffic congestion on roads and highways that were designed for a much smaller community; they see limited water supplies disappearing; they see their quality of life declining. And for what? To line the pockets of developers?"

Officials failing to fully explain plan (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)
Some Examples:
No Annexation Agreement On County Annexation Agreement Web Page
No Budget On County Budget Page
No Economic Impact Statements On Washoe County Planning Commission Website
No Department Audits On Washoe County Website

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Nevada Law Enforcement Matters
Elko County

“When I saw this thing I was elated that someone took notice of all our efforts to try to educate the public and take action against drugs in our community,” Smith said. “We have attempted to inform the public, through the local media, on how destructive this drug can be to the community. Without the efforts of the task force and the sheriff’s office, PACE and the media and most importantly our community we would not be able to accomplish our task to eliminate this plague.”

Congress hails Elko for fight against drugs (Elko Free Press article)
Te-Moak Housing hosts meth seminar Monday and Tuesday (Elko Free Press article)
Lincoln County
Utah group lands in Nevada: Polygamists in violation of order (Las Vegas Sun article)
Washoe County
DJ's arrest surprises investors, officials: Sheriff, DA among those with ties to Eddie Floyd (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Education Matters
Higher Education
The Chancellor And The Regents
A no-nonsense chancellor: Faculty Senate's call to rein in Jim Rogers' power isn't swaying Board of Regents (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Public Schools
The Problem Of Cheating
E-CHEATING: Washoe School District, state officials are taking a hard look as technology makes it easier for students to cheat, plagiarize (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Teachers go high-tech to catch high-tech cheaters (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
What teens say about cheating (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
CHEATING: FAST FACTS (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Nuclear power industry recharged: Bush policies revive push for Yucca dump (Las Vegas Sun article)
Quicksilver Storage Scheme
Plan to store mercury in state draws ire: Military wants to move 4,436 metric tons to Hawthorne depot (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Ancestral Lands
U.N. racism panel rebuffs Shoshone: U.S. blamed for withholding information, but Indians can appear again next week (Elko Free Press article)
Outsourcing National Security Operations To Foreigners
Ideology a poor substitute for competence (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
Unwarranted Surveillance

"In an interview he gave just before his death, Goering said: 'Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.'"

From the past comes a frightening vision of the world today (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
NSA continues data-mining program (Featheriver column, Nye Blog)

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Latest - February 26, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Jon Ralston imagines what it would be like to be trapped on a bus with this year's five gubernatorial candidates, and Sig Rogich as the moderator (Las Vegas Sun column)
Gibbons and the debates (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
The Beers Bus? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
A few more quotables from the road (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
What can you tell about a person from the way he or she plays poker? (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
An Apologia For Augustine
GOP Chief Drops Bomb in Battle Mountain (Chuck Muth column, Battle-Born News Blog)

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February 27, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Gibbons ready to go home (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Writer joins Titus on tour of rural Nevada -- Profile of gubernatorial candidate to appear in magazine (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Nevada GOP chairman supports rule targeting impeached official (Nevada AP article)
It turns out the internet can be used for evil (Monday Morning Pundit, Monday Morning Politicking Blog)
2006 Legislative Races
Assembly District 4
No sympathy for these devils (Vegas Pundit website)

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Nevada Government
State Government
Contemplated Judicial Accountability Initiative
'Special grand jury' not needed: Local group working on petition to create powerful citizen oversight of judges, police (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
There Ought To Be A Law . . .
Your dues - or your home: Homeowners' associations should not be allowed to take homes to recover unpaid dues (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Reno Councilwoman Wants NDOT To Start Scrubbing
Some contend NDOT is too slow to remove graffiti along freeways (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Local Government
Clark County
Speed Kills: More On Meth
Meth use leads to child abuse: Cases have tripled over last three years (Las Vegas Sun article)
Mount Charleston Development Project Modified To Meet Objections Of Neighbors, Officials
'A happy mountain' once again (Las Vegas Sun article)
$kindustry Feud Continues
When will they ever learn? After three judges issued orders to cease and desist, and after thousands of dollars in judgments and lawyer fees, Rick Rizzolo continues illegally towing his neighbor's customer's cars. And then there's the question of the stolen license plates? (Steve Miller column, AmericanMafia.com)
Friendly Neighborhood Casinos
Locals still not sure about locals casinos  (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Nevada's Environment
Gerlach Coal-Burning Power Plant
Sempra decision gets a boost (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Invasive Species
Biologist calls for habitat protection at Nevada convention (Nevada AP article)
Moss Sex

"'Conditions have to be perfect for moss to have sex,' Shevock said."

For moss, it's not all that easy to find love (Las Vegas Sun article)

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Federal Nevada
Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump Project
Dangerous Yucca proposal: Lobbying group wants to stuff even more nuclear waste into mountain near Las Vegas (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Nuclear sleight of hand: President's recent revival of discredited reprocessing solution seen as political ploy to push failing Yucca Mountain plan (Las Vegas Sun article)
Quicksilver Storage Scheme
Nevada officials explore options to block mercury shipments (Nevada AP article)
Outsourcing National Security Operations To Foreigners
Bush too trusting on ports: President is confident about a sale that would put six U.S. ports under foreign control, but Congress has every obligation to demand a major role in this national security issue (Las Vegas Sun editorial)
Brian Greenspun wonders why our president is so eager to entrust our ports to U.A.E. (Las Vegas Sun column)
Mistrial In Las Vegas Securities Case
JANE ANN MORRISON: Prosecutors leave judge in securities fraud case with tough decision (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Clark County Economic Opportunity Board
Money woes continue mounting for EOB (Las Vegas Sun article)
Computer Crime
Stealing keystrokes is the next big crime (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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Updates For February 27, 2006
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Nevada Politics
2006 US Senatorial Race
Shut Out On The Strip: Carter's Out-Of-State Fundraising Tour
Carter's fundraising tour (Anjeanette Damon column, Reno Gazette-Journal)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
More Augustine Apologia
State Republican Party Chair out of line (Nancy Dallas column, Battle-Born News Blog)
Augustine Without Shame
And the Quick Hits just keep on coming (Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas CityLife)

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From The US Congress
Reid Wins Partial Victory for Nevada Test Site Workers (Sen. Reid Press Release)

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Latest - February 27, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Lincoln Day Dinner: Gibbons apologizes to Elko GOP (Elko Free Press article)
2006 Treasurer's Race
Republican chief: Don’t ‘taint’ ticket (Elko Free Press article)
2006 Ballot Initiatives And Petitions
Tax And Spending Control (TASC) Initiative

"The greatest tax benefits will go, according to Applied Analysis, a local economic research firm, to large developers that already own tracts of undeveloped land."

Property tax initiative promises a real mess (Ian Mylchreest column, Las Vegas Business Press)

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From The Neon Empire
Casino Money Laundering Charged In Bank Of China Case
Resorts used to launder money, says government: Rio, TI, Paris and Caesars mentioned in indictment (Las Vegas Business Press article)

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February 28, 2006

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Nevada Politics
2006 Governor's Race
Gibbons finds friends in rural Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
2006 State Treasurer's Race
Voters, not party, will decide who should serve (Nevada Appeal* editorial)
2006 Local Elections
Carson City Board Of Supervisors
Livermore to run for third term (Reno Gazette-Journal article)

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Nevada Government
State Government
That Lucky Las Vegas Land Deal
JOHN L. SMITH: Closer look sheds light on Sun's unique coverage of Walters' dealings (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Nevada Institutional Review Board

"The Legislature didn't just create an opportunity for boundless scientific research in 2005 with the Nevada Institutional Review Board, it created limitless potential for harm and corruption."

ERIN NEFF: 'Critical' to Nevada health care? (Las Vegas Review-Journal* column)
Victims Of Crime
A small silver lining: State program for crime victims helps alleviate some of the financial pain (Las Vegas Sun article)
Local Government
Churchill County
A Little Something From Nevada's Nazis
Fallon residents report hate flyers left in yards (Nevada Appeal* article)
Hung Jury In Marijuana Case
Ex-state Senate candidate O'Connor cleared in drug case (Nevada AP article)
Clark County
Annexation Battle

"Henderson officials also want to preserve a utility corridor, but oppose any plan that limits the city's ability to grow. That was reiterated last week by Mayor Jim Gibson, who said that as long as the state distributes revenues based on growth, his city has no option but to expand."

South Strip: Who will own it? County, Henderson gear for money fight (Las Vegas Sun article)
A Metaphor Of Our Times: Residences Bulldozed For City Hall Expansion
Eyesores beginning to come down (Las Vegas Sun article)
Affordable Housing
Southern Nevada affordable housing takes center stage (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
NHP And The Death Highway
ROUTE 160: Deadly road gets attention -- Highway Patrol cracks down on Blue Diamond Road (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)
Lake Tahoe
Scientists say Tahoe gridlock pollutes the lake (Nevada AP article)
Washoe County
Rush To Approve Annexation Agreement Continues -- No Talk Of Putting Issue To Public Vote
We Can Settle The Details Later

"A court agreement to settle an annexation dispute between the county and Reno requires developers to pay for infrastructure. The agreement expires in June 2007. But the provisions, planners said, would be woven into city and county master plans and development codes.

In written testimony, John Madole, of the Associated General Contractors, said he agrees that planning should be done as development proceeds. But he does not favor having planning and financing for infrastructure such as streets and roads in place before zoning is given, saying 'that would make it difficult to approve and build projects.'"

Growth area vote could come next week (Reno Gazette-Journal article)
Reno-Sparks Convention Authority
RSCVA's next challenge (Reno Gazette-Journal editorial)

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Las Vegas Developers And Arizona Regulations
Arizona agencies take look at Rhodes' plans, water supply (Las Vegas Review-Journal* article)

"Only a cynic would suggest that Arizona's Corporation commissioners may be waiting to see if contributions to their re-election campaigns also start showing up from those planning to develop homes in northern Mohave County."